National Records of Scotland

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Health Crisis on Recordkeeping in the Scottish Public Sector.

The Assessment Team held one PRSA event in early March before the Covid-19 lockdown ensued. This workshop was aimed at local authorities looking to submit reviewed plans for the Keeper’s agreement and was held at General Register House in Edinburgh. Our next planned event, which was to focus on Element 15 of the Keeper’s Model Plan (public records created or held by third parties), was cancelled as the Team moved to working from home.

Throughout 2020 the Assessment Team continued to issue invitations to authorities to submit records management plans, both first time submissions and reviewed plans, and to participate in the Progress Update Review (PUR) process. Although working from home, the Team were largely able to continue to conduct assessments and support authorities through the submission process. This was aided by NRS introducing the use of Microsoft Teams later in the year, enabling us to have online meetings with stakeholders. We also encouraged stakeholders to engage with the PRSA Knowledge Hub discussion group that was set up in 2018.