DR RAZWAN ALI
Senior Information Risk Owner
A Caldicott Guardian is a senior person responsible for protecting the confidentiality of people's health and care information and making sure it is used properly.
All NHS organisations and local authorities which provide social services must have a Caldicott Guardian. Should you have any concerns around Caldicott principles in our practice please contact Dr R Ali at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following principles apply
Principle 1: Justify the purpose(s)
Every proposed use or transfer of personal-identifiable information within or from an organisation should be clearly defined and scrutinised, with continuing uses regularly reviewed by an appropriate guardian.
Principle 2: Don't use patient-identifiable information unless it is absolutely necessary
Personal-identifiable information items should not be used unless there is no alternative.
Principle 3: Use the minimum necessary patient-identifiable information
Where use of personal-identifiable information is considered to be essential, each individual item of information should be justified with the aim of reducing identifiability.
Principle 4: Access to patient-identifiable information should be on a strict need to know basis
Only those individuals who need access to personal information should have access to it, and they should only have access to the information items that they need to see.
Principle 5: Everyone should be aware of their responsibilities
Action should be taken to ensure that those handling personal information are aware of their responsibilities and obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Principle 6: Understand and comply with the law
Every use of personal information must be lawful.
Principle 7: The duty to share information can be as important as the duty to protect patient confidentiality
Health and social care professionals should have the confidence to share information in the best interests of their patients within the framework set out by these principles. They should be supported by the policies of their employers, regulators and professional bodies.
The UK Caldicott Guardian Council (UKCGC) is the national body for Caldicott Guardians.
The Council is not a professional body and does not have responsibility for regulating Caldicott Guardian activities. It is therefore unable to assist with enquiries related to the conduct of individual Caldicott Guardians.
Aims of the Council
The Council aims to:
- be a point of contact for all Caldicott Guardians and for health and care organisations seeking advice on the Caldicott principles
- enable Caldicott Guardians to share information, views and experience
- encourage consistent standards and training for Caldicott Guardians
- help to develop guidance and policies relating to the Caldicott principles
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