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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 8 July 2009

  • Wednesday 7 October 2009

  • Tuesday 12 January 2010

New Council members elected

New members of the Council were formally appointed at the AGM on 25 February 2009. Please visit the Caldicott Guardians updates page to see the election results.