North East Ambulance Service reaches Information Governance targets with latest technology

NETconsent, a leading policy & procedure management software vendor and Premium Partner Global Secure Systems, has announced a new implementation within the North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

NETconsent automated policy and procedure management software has been purchased to help North East Ambulance Service achieve some of its Information Governance targets.

The Trust is required to keep records to evidence that all staff have both read and signed up to all relevant policies. Historically this has taken a huge amount of time, not to mention the print costs and logistics involved with distributing information across the 51 Stations throughout the North East of England.

Following a letter to all CEOs within the NHS from David Nicholson, the NHS Chief Executive, last December, NHS organisations have been reviewing the security of information. Failure to comply with the terms and conditions stated in the Information Governance Statement of Compliance may result in the withdrawal of affected NHS Connecting for Health services.

A pilot project will distribute two policies to 5% of the workforce. 100 users of the system will have an opportunity to feedback before the full roll out. A staged implementation is being adopted, as there are a huge number of policies and procedures within the Trust. New and updated policies will be presented to staff at the point of logging on. Everyone will be able to view a complete record of all policies and procedures relevant to them anywhere and anytime. Managers and auditors will have access to real-time compliance reports.

When asked about NETconsent Simon Featherstone, Chief Executive of North East Ambulance Service, said "I am excited to see NETconsent rolled out across the Trust as digital signing of policies is clearly the way forward, especially in an organisation the size of ours".

"NETconsent is a huge leap forward, not just for our Trust but for the NHS in general" says Steve Hough of the Clinical and Strategy Directorate Service Development Team. "Where we lead on this, others are sure to follow."


About North East Ambulance Service

The new North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust was formed on the 1st July 2006 following the merger of the previous North East Ambulance Service and part of the Teesside, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Trust. The new service now covers the counties of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Teesside, an area of approximately 3,230 square miles. The trust employs 1750 people at 63 locations and serves a population of 2.6 million. 

About Global Secure Systems

Global Secure Systems has been in the business of securing corporate data since the mid-nineties and have a full understanding of a client's business and their requirements. GSS now deliver both a full consultancy service as well as cutting-edge solutions. As one of the UK's largest and most experienced IT security organisations, GSS have a single target; information assurance. delivered. GSS is a NETconsent Premium Partner. 

About NETconsent

NETconsent Ltd is a leading vendor of policy management solutions and corporate communications.  By automating policy management, NETconsent reduces risk and audit problems.   By ensuring that users have the opportunity to read and agree to all company policies, NETconsent helps organisations comply with legislation directives, industry regulations and avoid costly litigation.  NETconsent Ltd is a UK company based in Camberley providing policy compliance across the public and private sectors.

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