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Caldicott Guardians

A Caldicott Guardian is a senior person responsible for protecting the confidentiality of patient and service-user information and enabling appropriate information-sharing.

The Guardian plays a key role in ensuring that NHS, Councils with Social Services Responsibilities and partner organisations satisfy the highest practical standards for handling patient identifiable information.

Acting as the 'conscience' of an organisation, the Guardian actively supports work to facilitate and enable information sharing and advise on options for lawful and ethical processing of information as required.

The Caldicott Guardian also has a strategic role, which involves representing and championing Information Governance requirements and issues at Board or management team level and, where appropriate, at a range of levels within the organisation's overall governance framework.

This role is particularly important in relation to the implementation of the National Programme for IT and the development of Electronic Social Care Records and Common Assessment Frameworks.

UK Council of Caldicott Guardians

The Council is an elected body made up of Caldicott Guardians from health and social care. It was formed following work carried out by Janine Brooks, Caldicott Guardian of the former NHS Information Authority. The Council meets four times per year and the next scheduled meetings are:

  • Wednesday 14 January 2009
  • Wednesday 8 April 2009

New Council members required: Call for nominations

Closing date 22 December 2008

Nominations are now being invited for election to the UK Council of Caldicott Guardians.

The Council is broadening its constituency to reflect the extension of Caldicott Guardianship to additional organisations outside of the NHS and social care settings.

If you are interested and are able to demonstrate a commitment to Caldicott Guardianship, to protecting and appropriately sharing personal information and are prepared to develop and maintain links with your constituent sector and with other national organisations, have good independent judgement and the ability to work effectively as a member of a team whilst being able to speak your mind, please complete the nomination form and return to the Secretariat.

For further information, please visit the Caldicott Guardians updates page.