The two-part Records management: NHS code of practice is a guide to the required standards of practice in the management of records for those who work within or under contract to NHS organisations in England. It is based on current legal requirements and professional best practice.
The code provides a key component of information governance arrangements for the NHS. This is an evolving document because standards and practice covered by the code will change over time and will be subject to regular review and updated as necessary. As a result of a review, part 2 only of the code in relation to the retention schedules has been updated in light of guidance and advice given from the NHS and professional best practice. The updated part 2 was published on 8 January 2009.
The guidelines contained in this code of practice apply to NHS records of all types (including records of NHS patients treated on behalf of the NHS in the private healthcare sector) regardless of the media on which they are held.
Download the new Part 2 and all other relevant records management documentation on the DH website here.