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Data protection in the NHS: what new regulation means for you

Senior nurses are being urged to see the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a chance to bolster patient confidence in how digital information about them and their care is used.

Senior nurses are being urged to see the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a chance to bolster patient confidence in how digital information about them and their care is used.

Don’t panic. That’s the message from Dawn Monaghan, head of data sharing and privacy for NHS England, regarding the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May.

There is a small proviso, however, which Ms Monaghan raised at a recent information governance summit on ensuring compliance with the GDPR: everything will be fine as long as you are meeting obligations under existing data protection legislation.

‘If you are, you’re probably 70 to 75% there,’ she told the audience. If not, the new regulation could cause nurse managers serious headaches, not least because breaches carry the risk of huge fines.

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