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Implementing the 20 Year Rule in the NHS (23/10/2013)

Implementing the 20 Year Rule in the NHS

Any queries about this news item or the 20 Year Rule should go to The National Archives at not to the Exeter helpdesk.

The 20 Year Rule is about to be implemented in the NHS. This change to the Public Records Act supports key government policies around transparency, accountability and recommendations from the Francis report into Mid Staffordshire. It will affect the timing of transfer of records of historical value to The National Archives or other public archive services, which will take place ten years earlier than at present. To assist this process, additional information on corporate records management for NHS Acute, Ambulance, Community and Mental Health Trusts only will be collected with version 11.2 of the IG Toolkit, to be returned no later than December 2013. The form for this can be accessed via the 20 Year Rule tab on the Toolkit home page which will be available with version 11.2 of the IG Toolkit scheduled for release over the weekend of 25th October 2013. Your response will not impact on your Information Governance Toolkit score.

Future advice and communication regarding the 20 Year Rule will come from The National Archives and NHS England.

For more information on government policy of the 20 year rule and its application in the NHS, please read the FAQ at

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