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In order to ensure that work programmes are developed, reviewed, monitored and implemented in accordance with national priorities, the initiative reports directly to Welsh Information Standards Board as illustrated in Figure 1. The Group also reports into, and takes advice from, a number of other boards and groups, as required.

Figure 1: IQI initiative reporting structure



IQI Working Group

The role of this group is to lead on the development and implementation of work programmes associated with the IQI initiative and to ensure the objectives of the initiative, are met.

It will also act as the group where local and national information quality issues will be first discussed and prioritised in terms of their status within the IQI initiative.

It will receive, review and determine work programme proposals. The group will also review ad hoc reports along with acting as the first point of call for all data quality produced review submissions, this will lessen the workload burden on WISB.

Further information about the IQI Working Group is available.


Welsh Information Standards Board (WISB)

The Welsh Information Standards Board (WISB) is responsible for the development of new or changed national information standards and their implementation across the NHS in Wales so as to maximise fitness for purpose, efficiency of data captured and information coherence. It meets on a monthly basis. In relation to the IQI initiative, reports and review submissions produced through IQI are taken to WISB to go through the information standards assurance process. 

Further information about WISB is available.



National Informatics Management Board

The National Informatics Management Board (NIMB) is responsible for overseeing the leadership and the delivery of technology and information services in NHS Wales, including the implementation of policy and development of strategy.  The Board provides assurance for the management and delivery of services and projects across Wales. It meets on a bimonthly basis.  In relation to the IQI initiative, it will set the high level agenda for the development and use of information, and review the performance of the initiative against its objectives.



Key Relationships

The setting of national and local information quality priorities is subject to a range of internal and external factors. The Group may need to request action from, or provide advice/guidance to other national groups/bodies, including but not limited to:

  • Welsh Information Standards Board (WISB)
  • Associated Directors of Informatics (ADIs) and NHS Wales Heads of Information (HoI)
  • Wales Information Governance Board (WIGB)
  • Digital Health and Care Wales Management / Change Advisory Boards
  • Financial Information Strategy (FIS) and the Financial Information Costing and Benchmarking (FICaB) Group
  • Delivery and Performance Group, Welsh Government



Governance e-Manual

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