NIGB provides leadership and promotes consistent standards for information governance across health and social care.
It considers ethical issues; the interpretation and application of the law and policies; and provides advice on information governance matters at a national level. The bard reports annually to the Secretary of State for Health and is responsible for the NHS Care Record Guarantee for England.
Members of the bard are either members of the public appointed by the Appointments Commission or represent stakeholders in health and social care. The Chair, Harry Cayton, was appointed by the Appointments Commission on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health and is the Chief Executive of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence.
The Health & Social Care Act 2008 established the NIGB as a statutory body. Its functions include administration of applications under section 251 of the NHS Act 2006 which allows the common law duty of confidentiality to be set aside in specific circumstances.
Chief executive: None given
Chair: Harry Cayton
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