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Policy compliance for NHS trust ambulance service

Global Secure Systems (GSS) : 27 May, 2008  (Application Story)
Global Secure Systems and NETconsent provide ambulance service with ability to meet IT Governance requirements
NETconsent and Global Secure Systems have announced a new implementation within the North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

NETconsent automated policy and procedure management software has been purchased to help North East Ambulance Service achieve some of its Information Governance targets.

The Trust is required to keep records to evidence that all staff have both read and signed up to all relevant policies. Historically this has taken a huge amount of time, not to mention the print costs and logistics involved with distributing information across the 51 Stations throughout the North East of England.

Following a letter to all CEOs within the NHS from David Nicholson, the NHS Chief Executive, last December, NHS organisations have been reviewing the security of information. Failure to comply with the terms and conditions stated in the Information Governance Statement of Compliance may result in the withdrawal of affected NHS Connecting for Health services.

A pilot project will distribute two policies to 5% of the workforce. 100 users of the system will have an opportunity to feedback before the full roll out. A staged implementation is being adopted, as there are a huge number of policies and procedures within the Trust. New and updated policies will be presented to staff at the point of logging on. Everyone will be able to view a complete record of all policies and procedures relevant to them anywhere and anytime. Managers and auditors will have access to real-time compliance reports.

When asked about NETconsent Simon Featherstone, Chief Executive of North East Ambulance Service, said 'I am excited to see NETconsent rolled out across the Trust as digital signing of policies is clearly the way forward, especially in an organisation the size of ours'.

'NETconsent is a huge leap forward, not just for our Trust but for the NHS in general' says Steve Hough of the Clinical and Strategy Directorate Service Development Team. 'Where we lead on this, others are sure to follow.'

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