... this excerpt from the latest Performance report (in the Assurance Framework section) from BLPT caught my eye:
"If the Trust cannot find/replace lost disks containing patient records then the Trust will be in breach of Data Protection and may face litigation. "
Records are lost. Doesn't surprise me, particularly if they are connected with CMHTs(1). However, it sounds as if these are computer based records, which is doubly worrying, given the ease with which they can be transported and disseminated. Of course, I don't know the details of the situation, but from this it does appear that there are missing records. Indeed, further notes state:
"WAMHS(2) software and disks and MHOPS(3) disks are held within the Records Facility however this is only limited. A request was sent out to all staff via trust Today(4) asking for any other disks or software to be sent to the records facility"
(1) CHMT - Communicty Mental Health Team
(2) WAMHS - Working Age Mental Health Services
(3) Mental Health of Older Person Services
(4) Trust Today - In house magazine circulated to BLPT staff.