PERFORMANCE: Milton Keynes primary care trust is anticipating it will fail on information governance compliance due to changes in the national scoring method.

The PCT’s directors report, laid before the board’s March 31 meeting, said the trust would fail its 2010-11 information governance toolkit (IGT) compliance submission as it would not achieve a “green” rating in all 41 assessment areas.

The board was told that concerns about the assessment process have been raised nationally, and that “it is anticipated that the majority of trusts will not be able to achieve ‘green’ for all 41 criteria”. IT said: “Therefore most trusts are anticipating a fail rating.”

Under the IGT, trusts have to submit an annual return to the Department of Health. In 2010-11, organisations were only judged to have passed if they scored “green” ratings against all 41 criteria. In 2009-10, the overall score was calculated as a percentage across all requirements.

The report said: “The past year has been challenging for the information governance staff, a small team serving the whole PCT.

“The information governance team has experienced resource constraints in 2010-11… at a time of reduced capacity… and in a fragmented organisation facing a number of other competing priorities.”

The South Central Strategic Health Authority will require action plans to be developed and implemented so targets are met as soon as possible in 2011-12.