|Written by Information Governance Manager|
All staff should meet the standards outlined in the Confidentiality: NHS Code of Conduct document as well as their terms of employment with the Trust. This includes all permanent staff members, contract staff members, bank staff, volunteers and locums.
Whilst individuals are employed within the Trust they may come into contact with confidential information/data relating to the work of the Trust, its patients or staff. Staff are bound by the conditions of service to respect the confidentiality of any information they may come into contact with which identifies patients, staff or other Trust personnel and or the business information of the Trust. Under no circumstances should such information be divulged or passed to any unauthorised persons or organisations.
Disciplinary Action will be taken against an employee who is found to have breached confidentiality. Employees could also face prosecution under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Where employees who use a computer misuse their rights of access to computer information eg disclose their password to someone else or use someone else's password to gain access to information, they could be subject to disciplinary action. They may also be prosecuted under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.