In the low-tech world of health records:
Deceased patient notes are kept in year of death, so a whole section
could be destroyed after 8 years - it would mean that some records would
have been kicking around for nearly 9 years (if patient died at the
beginning of the year) and just on the 8 if they died at the end of a
given year, but covers you legally and is easy and simple to apply.
You might be able to apply this to other types of record.
Anne Gadsden AHRIM
Information Governance Officer
Information Services Department
North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
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>>> Paul Dodgson <[log in to unmask]> 29/06/2005 02:27:40 >>>
You have hit on the "big issue"
EDRMS generally follow the record series principles, case file and non
case file records may not always suit this as document creation occurs
over time, I am working on the principle of meta tags by document date
applying the folder time rule to documents created (lets not get
confused by trying to decide what's a record etc!)
Folder Custard Pies
Retention Rules 6 full years from date saved as a record
Document "Pie" created on 1/1/06 thus this document is removed 1/1/12
document "Who ate them?" created on 1/5/08 thus this document is
However, we are only just starting to configure our EDRMS so I probably
have a lot more to learn!
Information Management Team
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Leicestershire County Council
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Subject: Archive Dates
A question for you all.
I need to get a better understanding of the point in the records
process at which the dates for destruction on a record series is set.
My belief, backed up by conversations with a few people off list, is
the Record Series should have a single retention period applied to it
e.g. all files in "Record Series 'X'" should be ones that need to be
retained for six years, rather than a mixture of different retention
Do I therefore determine the date for distruction based on the start
of the Record Series - a known entity, or apply the rentention period
the Record Series is full - which cannot be known?
Thinking out loud here, it occurs to me that one could control this by
imposing strict insistance on date ranges on Record Series - e.g.
Series 'X' 2005-2006" - thus the start of the 6 year retention period
be a known entity regardless of whether it is applied at the start or
end of the Record Series. Does this sound reasonable?
On a similar theme; Archive dates... Since I cannot reasonably be
to predict how long it will take to fill a Record Series, do I allow
individual Departmental Record Officers to determine when archiving
on a basis of space requirements or redundancy?
I hope this all makes sense. Look forward to hearing your responses.
Fraser Marshall (LB Tower Hamlets)
Leicestershire County Council - rated an 'excellent' council by the
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