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Enhanced CPD Course

Security and Access to Patient Information

  • Online Learning
  • Multi-choice quiz

1h 30m


CPD Topics covered

  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Record Keeping
  • Information Governance

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to teach the learner:

  • Proper understanding and respect of a patient's confidentiality needs.
  • How to create an environment where a patient feels they can share confidential information in a trustworthy manner.
  • An understanding of information governance concepts as related to the sharing and transmission of patient data.
  • Appropriate anonymisation concerns that should be met when a patient's data is shared for publication or potential research use.
  • How to properly conduct or establish a security risk assessment and hardware inventory for security monitoring purposes.
  • An overview of Department of Health information strategies and information governance rules protected under common law.

Anticipated Outcomes

Following the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Explain the requirements and protocols necessary for appropriate patient information governance measures
  • Legally meet patients’ rights and expectations pertaining to personal access to their own information.
  • Implement risk assessments and hardware inventories to highlight potential weaknesses or gaps in the practice's information systems.
  • Justify when patient information should be disclosed, and how.
  • Utilise audit trails to monitor access to a person's electronic personal data.
  • List the six principles of the 1997 Review of the Uses of Patient Identifiable Information act.
Target Audience
  1. Dental Therapist
  2. Practice Manager
  3. Receptionist
  4. Dentist
  5. Orthodontic Therapist
  6. Trainee
  7. Clinical Dental Technician
  8. DCP
  9. Dental Hygienist
  10. Dental Nurse
  11. Dental Technician
High Level Learning Outcomes
  1. D – Maintenance in Patient Confidence
Regulatory Standards
  1. SAFE
QCF Level
Level 3
  1. None

About the Instructor

Sharon Boyd

Verified Instructor


Amberton University, Dallas, TX

Bachelor of Science, Human Relations and Business


Tyler Junior College, Tyler, TX

Tyler Junior College, Tyler, TX — Associate of Applied Science, Dental Hygiene


  • 2001 - Associate of Applied Science, Dental Hygiene


Martin Docking

16th Jun 2019


Theresa Chapman

13th Jun 2019

Very informative. Learned a few things about data audit trails, security risks, and data quality .
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