Care provider plays key information governance role

Carey (left) with Mandy’s daughter Katie part of the project team

A Shropshire care operator has played a key role in the development of guidelines for data sharing in the care sector.

Marches Care, which owns and runs the Uplands care home and Uplands Day Centre at Bicton Heath, has played a leading role on putting together the NHS Information Governance Toolkit, a guide on sharing personal information in a safe and secure way, which is being published this autumn.

Nurse Director Carey Bloomer said: “From the point of view of the Uplands, to have such a prominent role in writing the definitive guide for information governance for care homes is very rewarding, and we know that it has already made a real difference to care homes across the country.

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“For Marches Care to be seen by the NHS – as well as care operators across the country – as pioneers and exemplars in information governance is a massive compliment.”

On the back of her involvement on the toolkit, Carey has been appointed a Caldicott Guardian.

A Caldicott Guardian protects the confidentiality of patient information while at the same time enabling appropriate sharing of data

Carey is the first non-NHS professional in the county to be given this honour. She has since been asked to join the committee for Caldicott Guardians.

The publication of the NHS toolkit came at the same time as the Uplands celebrated its 10th birthday.

Managing Director Mandy Thorn said: “This has been an exceptional year for Marches Care, not least because we continue to be cited as a national exemplar in leading the way with information governance.

“I also know that we continue to be held up within the industry as exponents of best practice in our dementia care and we were all delighted when we were shortlisted for the Dementia Team category in the National Dementia Care Awards last year.

“Above all though, this continues to be a really happy home with excellent occupancy levels and low rates of staff turnover – bucking national trends.

“This is down to the hard work, professionalism and caring attitude of our wonderful team of staff and I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them.”

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