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The Caldicott Guardian 2019: Ethical Decision Making & The Duty of Candour

This Conference is now Closed

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“The importance of the Caldicott Guardian acting as “the conscience of the organisation” remains central to trusting the impartiality and independence of their advice.”........“There are thousands of Caldicott Guardians in health and social care organisations across the UK. They share a common function, which is to make wise decisions about the use of people’s information. They balance the need to protect people’s confidentiality with the need to protect their welfare by ensuring that information is safely communicated among the various professional teams caring for an individual, sometimes across organisational boundaries. They bring to bear ethical as well as legal considerations, making judgements about real life human situations that could not be done by a machine.”

A Manual for Caldicott Guardians, UK Caldicott Guardian Council

"It is generally agreed that data should be used in the 'right way', but for many the ethical aspects of doing so remain unclear. Many will recognise an ethical duty to 'do good', and possibly a corresponding duty to 'do no harm', but two other ethical considerations — autonomy and justice are less often recognised… There are always consequences, either foreseen or unforeseen to any course of action, but there will also be consequences of 'not doing something'.. Caldicott Guardians are often faced with such dilemmas where there is no clear, 'right' answer. It is often a case of finding the 'best possible' answer or the 'least worst' option”

A Manual for Caldicott Guardians, UK Caldicott Guardian Council

Healthcare Conferences UK in association with Christopher Fincken, Independent Member UK Caldicott Guardian Council, (Chairman 2012-2017) are pleased to announce this National Caldicott Guardian Conference which will focus on the Caldicott Guardian and Decision Making – with particular emphasis on Ethical Decision Making and the Duty of Candour. Following the success of our previous Caldicott Guardian National Conferences, and feedback from our regular Caldicott Training Masterclasses, this conference will focus on developing your role as a Caldicott Guardian and developing your skills in leading Caldicott decision making in practice.

This conference will enable you to: 

  • Network with fellow Caldicott Guardians and those working to deliver the Caldicott Role
  • Understand and reflect on Caldicott decision making
  • Update your knowledge on ethical decision making principles and frameworks and how you can implement these within your Caldicott role and decision making practice    
  • Learn from established practice in the delivery of Caldicott Principles
  • Understand the legal and ethical implications of the Duty of Candour
  • Learn from case review of difficult ethical Caldicott issues and how to use the national caldicott manual to improve consistency in practice 
  • Identify key strategies for dealing with difficult issues relevant to Caldicott practice
  • Reflect on the inter relationship between legal and ethical issues  
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

100% of delegates at our previous conference on this subject would recommend it to a colleague

Chair and Speakers Include:

Mr Christopher Fincken

Independent Member
UK Caldicott Guardian Council (Chairman 2012-2017)

Dr Karen Le Ball

Consultant Geriatirican, NHS Highland & Former Chair, UK Clinical Ethics Network

Mike O'Connell

Legal Services Practitioner

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience away from their workplace in an intimate environment where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events, whether it be a sponsored session, or an exhibition stand, a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage face to face with your key audience
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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