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Information Governance

The Information Governance Department is based at Macclesfield District General Hospital. The department acts as a central point of contact for requests for information under the following acts:

  • The Data Protection Act 1998
  • Access to Health Records Act 1990
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000 
  • Environmental Information Regulations 2004

What is Information Governance?
Information Governance provides a framework of legal rules and best practice applicable to the processing (handling) of information. This includes information relating to patients, service users and employees, as well as corporate information eg financial and accounting records.

It ensures that the NHS handles all its organisational information, in particular personal and sensitive information, legally, securely, efficiently and effectively, in order to deliver the best possible care.

It forms part of an assurance process which also requires returns to the Department of Health by means of the Data Security and Protection Toolkit.

IG Training offers assurance to our patients, staff and commissioners that the Trust is committed to the provision of a confidential and secure service

It has been a Department of Health mandated requirement for some time that all staff undertake annual information governance training. The Trust is required to evidence that all staff have undergone the training.

The training MUST be undertaken by all staff once in each financial year and can be accessed either:

  • Through the E-Learning Web icon on the Zenworks window on the desktop, for both Smartcard users (click on the link to access the training using a Smartcard or via a username/password, the benefit of which is that staff records are automatically updated and link in with Statutory and Mandatory Training
  • Using the IG Assessment Paper to undertake the training

When you access your ESR record you will see the two nationally recognised IG Training modules:

  • Introduction to Information Governance
  • Information Governance: The Refresher Module

New Starters to the Trust must complete information governance training within four weeks of commencing employment with the Trust.  This is usually undertaken at the Corporate Induction session.

Current Employees must complete the Information Governance Refresher Module once in each financial year.


Additional training is mandatory for key staff in certain roles, and further information is available from the Information Governance Department.

Using the IG Assessment Paper

The Assessment Paper should be read together with the IG Handbook.

Once you have read the Handbook, complete the assessment paper and return to the Information Governance Department – either by e-mail to or in the internal post.

The pass mark is 80%.

The Information Governance Department will mark the assessment paper and update your ESR record to show that you are compliant with your training for the year in which the paper is completed.

If you have any questions about IG Training or information governance, please contact the Information Governance Department at the address below.

How to contact us:

Information Governance Department
Macclesfield District General Hospital
2nd Floor, New Alderley House
Victoria Road
Cheshire, SK10 3BL

Telephone Number: 01625 663608

Email Address:

If you want to ask us for personal information which we may hold about you, you are entitled to make a subject access application under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Subject to any exemptions which may apply, you can obtain copies of your health records, and, if you are an employee, your staff or training records.

If you wish to make a subject access request, you should write or email the Subject Access Department.

Subject Access Department
Ground Floor, Silk House
Macclesfield District General Hospital
Victoria Road
Cheshire  SK10 3BL

Telephone Number: 01625 661625

Email Address: