The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued an undertaking asking South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Trust) to comply with the seventh data protection principle (Information Security) (Undertaking).

The Undertaking follows a series of breaches by the Trust including the following: disclosing a discharge letter relating to one patient to an unrelated third party, a letter was sent to the wrong address following an address not being updated, letters were sent to an address that had been incorrectly written or recorded and a community treatment order for one individual was placed with a letter intended for another.

The ICO took particular issue with the fact that the Trust did not have a formalised policy to tackle the issues that were arising, instead relying on sending out details of the breaches to staff along with reminders of the need to check the content of correspondence.

To read a copy of the Undertaking click here.