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Dame Fiona Calidcott, appointed by the Secretary of State for Health as the National Data Guardian appointed to safeguard patients' healthcare information

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt will today (13 November 2014) appoint independent expert Dame Fiona Caldicott to a new role as National Data Guardian for health and care. Following the appointment of the Chief Inspector of Hospitals to speak out about standards of care, the National Data Guardian will become the patients’ champion on security of personal medical information.

The extra legislative safeguards will mark a significant step forward for safe and confidential information sharing between health and care organisations.

In a speech to the King’s Fund today the Secretary of State will say:

“We need to be as determined to guarantee personal data is protected as we are enthusiastic to reap the benefits of sharing it.

“Dame Fiona will oversee the safe use of people’s personal health and care information and hold organisations to account if there is any cause for concern, ensuring public confidence.”

Dame Fiona and her panel, the Independent Information Governance Oversight Panel, currently provide advice to the government on healthcare information sharing, but today’s appointment strengthens her powers.

Dame Fiona will be able to intervene if she is concerned by how an organisation is sharing data. She can refer concerns directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to investigate and sanction where necessary. Organisations that fail to act on her recommendations will face sanctions such as fines and the removal of the right to share personal data.

No data will be extracted from GP practices as part of the care data programme until Dame Fiona has advised the Secretary of State that she is satisfied with the proposals and safeguards.

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt is expected to say:

“I am delighted that Dame Fiona Caldicott, who has done so much outstanding work in this area, has agreed to be the first National Data Guardian for health and care. She has agreed that it will be her responsibility to raise concerns publicly about improper data use.

“I intend to put the National Data Guardian on a legal footing at the earliest opportunity, but the CQC and ICO have decided to sanction organisations that do not comply with her recommendations even before that legislation is passed so patients will benefit immediately from the security of a much tougher and more transparent regime.”

Dame Fiona Caldicott, National Data Guardian said:

“Everyone should feel confident that their healthcare information is shared safely.

As the first National Data Guardian I am committed to holding the health and social care system to account and acting on behalf of patients and care users.”

 

Original source:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/national-data-guardian-appointed-to-safeguard-patients-healthcare-information

 

Relevant forthcoming events:

 

Legal Masterclass: Confidentiality, Data Protection and Information Governance
Tuesday 18 November 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Caldicott Guardian Training Course for Beginners
Tuesday 18 November 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Caldicott Guardian Training Course

Tuesday 9 December 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

This event is now fully booked we will be running this event again on: Monday 19 January, Wednesday 11 March, Tuesday 21 April, Tuesday 19 May, Wednesday 1 July 

Radiology Information Systems and PACS
Tuesday 9 December 
Manchester Conference Centre
Manchester

 

Caldicott Guardian Training Course for Beginners
Monday 15 December 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Caldicott Guardian Training Course
Monday 19 January 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Electronic Document Management in Healthcare: Delivering a Paperless NHS
Monday 2 February 
ICO Conference Centre
London

 

Caldicott Guardian Training Course for Beginners
Wednesday 11 February 
Hallam Conference Centre, London
London

 

Information Governance: Implementing the Government Response to Caldicott2
Tuesday 10 March 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Caldicott Guardian Training Course
Wednesday 11 March 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Legal Masterclass: Confidentiality, Data Protection and Information Governance
Monday 20 April 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Caldicott Guardian Training Course
Tuesday 21 April 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Caldicott Guardian Training Course
Tuesday 19 May 
Hallam Conference Centre

 

Caldicott Guardian Training Course for Beginners
Tuesday 16 June 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Caldicott Guardian Training Course
Wednesday 1 July 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

13 November 2014

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