PHPS41050 Info Governance in Health

Academic Year 2022/2023

Information governance provides a means of bringing together all the relevant legislation, guidance and evidence-based practice that apply to the handling of information and offers a consistent way for people working in health and social care to deal with the many different legal provisions, guidance, and professional codes of conduct that apply to handling personal health information.

Good information governance enables personal health information, such as that contained in a health or social care record, to be handled legally, securely, efficiently and effectively in order to deliver the best possible care to people who use health and social care services. It also includes the appropriate sharing of relevant personal health information between health and social care professionals involved in the provision of care with a view to informing the development of this care.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module the student will
- Have an understanding of the role of Information Governance in Health and the specific legislation that pertains;
- Be able to propose a structured IG programme for a healthcare facility, with an understanding of the issues, risks and benefits of same;
- Have an appreciation of trends internationally around this area.

Indicative Module Content:

This module aims at providing the student with an overview of the broad topic of Information Governance and how it pertains to Health. IG covers a range of topics from Data Protection & Security at one end to Public Awareness and Data Usage at the other.
This module will address a range of topics including:
• What is Health Data?
• Data Protection Legislation incl GDPR, Data Protection Act, etc;
• Freedom of Information & Records Management
• Data & Cyber Security;
• Data Sharing and Use;
• IG in Research;
• Public and Staff Awareness;
• Policies & procedures;
• Access controls and methods;
• Audit / Assessment / Privacy Impact Assessments;
• Information Governance Models (Local and International).

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Project Supervision


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
There will be between 15-20 direct contact hours, some specific workshops, and self-directed learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: The students will be required to complete a small project report on a topic related to IG for presentation to their peer group such as a draft Privacy Impact Assessment or developing an IG framework. Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback will provided alongside provisional grades within 30 working days of submission on Brightspace.

Name Role
Dr Cailbhe Doherty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer