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A&E data sharing audit underway

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Department of Health is conducting an audit on the collection and sharing of de-personalised data on violent assault.

The Department of Health is conducting an audit to see whether accident and emergency departments are collecting and sharing de-personalised data on violent assault with local partners. The audit determines levels of engagement with information sharing and the extent to which data sharing has become standard practice in A&Es. The audit is mandatory for all acute trusts including foundation trusts.

Recent government strategies on alcohol and gang violence have reinforced the commitment, which is a key part of the government programme.  The audit will help to assess how far the commitment has been achieved.

The A&E data sharing audit should be completed by an A&E member of staff who is familiar with the working of the A&E department, data collection procedures used, and who is aware of whether work is or is not being carried out in relation to data sharing with partner agencies.