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Minutes Tuesday 23 November 2021

1pm to 2.30pm

Microsoft teams


Attendees

Name Representing Role
Simon Madden (SM) NHS England, Joint Data and Policy Strategy Unit Director of Data Policy & Covid Pass Policy Director
Jackie Gray, Deputy Chair (JG) NHS Digital Executive Director of IG
Dr Nicola Byrne (NB) National Data Guardian National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care
Dr Tony Calland (TC) Confidentiality Advisory Group Chair of Confidentiality Advisory Group
Andrew Hughes (AH) Local Government Association (LGA) Director of Health and Wellbeing System Improvement
Ian Hulme (IH) Information Commissioner’s Office Director of Regulatory Assurance
Dawn Monaghan (DM) NHS England, Joint Data and Policy Strategy Unit Head of IG Policy
Professor Dame Helen Stokes-Lampard (HSL) attending on behalf of Eddie Morris (EM) Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Chair
Jen Boon (JB) NHS England, Joint Data and Policy Strategy Unit Deputy Director, Data Policy
Simon Richardson (SR) Care Quality Commission Information Rights Manager
Freddie Baker (FB) Information Commissioner's Office Senior Policy Officer
Deborah Harris NHS England, Joint Data and Policy Strategy Unit Policy Engagement Manager
Rachel Merrett (RM) NHS England, Joint Data and Policy Strategy Unit Head of IG Policy Engagement
Alison Tingle (AT) NHS England, Joint Data and Policy Strategy Unit Senior Data Sharing and Privacy Specialist
Noshaba Khan (NK) NHS England, Joint Data and Policy Strategy Unit Policy Engagement Project Manager

Apologies

Name Representing Role
Juliet Tizzard (JT) Health Research Authority Director of Policy and Partnerships
Eddie Morris Academy of Medical Royal Colleges President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Items

Item
1

Welcome and introductions

The Chair welcomed members to the meeting and the apologies were noted.

2

Minutes and actions from the previous meeting

Minutes: paper 01a

The Panel members and Chair agreed and signed off minutes.

Actions: paper 01b

The actions log was noted by Panel members.

Agenda items for next meeting

Panel members were asked to forward any agenda items for the next meeting on to NK.

3

IG professional research - health and social care data sharing survey report

FB introduced the item. The ICO carried out a data sharing survey last year to gain an understanding of the main data sharing challenges experienced and how issues specific to the health and care sector can be addressed through supplementary guidance products. FB will continue to engage with colleagues when guidance products are made available.

4

Data sharing agreements

RM provided an update on the proposed new approach on data sharing agreements (DSAs). Currently, there are a number of data sharing initiatives available between health and care providers relying on separate DSA’s covering clusters of multiple point to point arrangements. The intention is to standardise the process and reduce the burden. A task and finish group was set up to explore the IG issues and there was support for a national approach which was also approved by the panel’s working group.

The panel supported the next steps for discussions to take place on how to progress a national approach further. They also supported the establishment of a task and finish group to draft template IG documents.

5

Britain Thinks update

DH provided an update on the user testing research carried out by Britain Thinks on the IG portal. The research was undertaken with frontline health and care staff and IG professionals to understand if the portal is working well and how it could be improved. This feedback will be taken forward as part of discussions for the future location of the IG portal with the NHSX ‘brand’ being retired.

6

Routine items

Guidance log

The guidance log was noted by Panel members.

Risk register

The risk register was also noted by Panel members.

7

A.O.B

There was no other business.

The next meeting date is 24 May 2022.