Advice for CCGs and GPs on information governance and risk stratification published

NHS England has today published advice on how to conduct risk stratification while complying with the new legal framework that exists following the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

The document begins by setting out the role that risk stratification can play in managing the health of a population. It then explains how risk stratification arrangements in England were affected by the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the re-organisation of the NHS on 1 April 2013. There follows a consideration of how risk stratification may be conducted lawfully and where to obtain further information about the information governance of risk stratification. The appendices set out (a) a range of options that CCGs can use to conduct risk stratification legally; (b) a detailed description of the law relating to risk stratification; (c) frequently asked questions on the information governance arrangements; (d) a list of items excluded from disclosure; and (e) a glossary of terms.

NHS England recognises that the issues around this area are complex and we will develop additional supporting materials in the coming weeks. The document will be kept under review and contains links to further information.