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Staff Members accessing records of their Family/Relations

Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 856 views

We would like to remind practices of their obligation for protecting access to records by their staff members.

GMC guidance from April 2013 states:

‘Wherever possible you should avoid providing medical care to anyone with whom you have a close personal relationship’ This principle needs to be carried across into any situation where practice staff could access information on their family or relations. This may be where they accidentally come across information (such as opening a discharge letter) or perhaps when acting on a message received by the practice.To avoid any possible concerns about breaches of confidentiality or inappropriate access practices are asked to review their existing policies and procedures and in doing so to consider the following:

The children of staff registered at the practice need to have special consideration, especially as theyreach the upper teenage years and are able to start making informed choices without parental involvement.

For further guidance please discuss any concerns or issues with your Information Governance Leador Caldicott Guardian.

 

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