NHS Medical Records UK

Description of Business Function

The functions of providing primary care and community health services.

Basis of Retention and Disposition

Guidance within the NHS is fundamentally derived from The Department of Health NHS Code of Practice annex D1: Health Records Retention.

Please also see the NHS Corporate Records UK page of the wiki.

Retention Rules Per Record Type

Guidance within the NHS is fundamentally derived from the The Department of Health NHS Code of Practice annex D1: Health Records Retention. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/200139/Records_Management_-_NHS_Code_of_Practice_Part_2_second_edition.pdf

Please also see Northern Irelands’ The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has produced “Good Management Good Records”, which is the Department’s advice and guidance on records management. http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/index/gmgr/gmgr-disposal-schedule.htm

Please also see the Scottish Executive Health Department records retention schedule (see Annex D, Part 3) http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/07/01082955/7

Please also see the NHS Wales Retention and Destruction of Records Policy (Including Health Records) http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/862/opendoc/194798&ef89a151-b206-096f-8c19827674362368

BMA guidance on the retention of GP records is here http://bma.org.uk/practical-support-at-work/ethics/retention-of-health-records

East & South East England Specialist Pharmacy Services, Recommendations for retention of pharmacy records, based on NHS Code of Practice as was reviewed and an updated version published in January 2009, which referenced the pharmacy records retention recommendations to the 2008 Hospital Pharmacist article. http://www.medicinesresources.nhs.uk/upload/documents/Communities/SPS_E_SE_England/Recommendations%20for%20the%20Retention%20of%20Pharmacy%20Records%202013.pdf

Citations and References

Nursing and Midwifery Council 2009 Record keeping Guidance for Nurses and Midwives http://www.nmc-uk.org/Documents/NMC-Publications/NMC-Record-Keeping-Guidance.pdf

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