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National Scrutiny

Published: 26 September 2017

Notification of changes to scrutiny and application process

From 1st May 2015, arrangements for scrutiny of applications to use NHS originated data changed. The Community Health Index Advisory Group (CHIAG), NHS National Services Scotland Privacy Advisory Committee (PAC), and National Caldicott Guardians application processes merged.  A single application form is operating across Scotland. 

Application to CHIAG is required for new business and operational uses of CHI to support delivery of Health & Social Care.  Application to the Public Benefit and Privacy Panel (PBPP) for Health and Social Care is required for uses of the CHI database for research, data linkage studies of any type and studies with commercial interests.

The changes do not affect local Caldicott approval processes operating within individual NHSScotland health boards, or National Research Ethics Service committee (NRES/REC) approvals, which are unchanged.

Please go to http://www.informationgovernance.scot.nhs.uk for full information on the PBPP and application process.  Information about the CHIAG application process is available under the Applications section of this website.

Background

The Public Benefit and Privacy Panel for Health and Social Care is a governance structure of NHSScotland, exercising delegated decision-making on behalf of  NHSScotland Chief Executive Officers and the Registrar General. The panel will operate as a centre of excellence for privacy, confidentiality, and information governance expertise in relation to Health and Social Care in Scotland, providing strategic leadership and direction in this area to NHSScotland Boards, the research community, and wider stakeholder groups.

The new panel will:

  • Streamline existing governance processes for the scrutiny of requests for access to NHSScotland originated data for a variety of purposes other than direct care – for example for research, audit or healthcare planning
  • Provide robust, transparent, consistent, appropriate and proportionate  information governance scrutiny of such requests
  • Provide leadership and act as a centre of excellence for privacy, confidentiality, and information governance expertise in relation to Health and Social Care in Scotland
  • Further strengthen the direct involvement of members of the public in the scrutiny process, and decision making regarding access to NHS originated data