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Caldicott Guardian Leadership Summit 2017: Updates and News

Healthcare Conferences UK in association with Christopher Fincken, Independent Member UK Caldicott Guardian Council, (Chairman 2012-2017) are pleased to announce the National Caldicott Guardian Leadership Summit 2017 taking place in Birmingham today. Following the success of our previous Caldicott Guardian National Conferences, and feedback from our regular Caldicott Training Masterclasses, this conference focused on developing the role of a Caldicott Guardian and developing skills in leading the Caldicott function within organisations.

Christopher Fincken, Independent Member, UK Caldicott Guardian Council (Chairman 2012-2017) opened the summit with an introduction to the day, followed by a in depth presentation on what makes an excellent Caldicott Guardian.

Speakers and News:

What makes an excellent Caldicott Guardian? Qualities, skills, roles and responsibilities

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

  • the Caldicott Guardian role
  • responsibilities: strategic, directorate and individual
  • leadership qualities required for the role
  • who should Caldicott Guardians be accountable to?

Powerpoint presentation

Christopher's Biography:

Christopher Fincken is an independent member of the UK Council of Caldicott Guardians (UKCCG) and was its Chairman from 2012-2017, working closely with the office of the National Data Guardian. He is currently involved in several collaborative initiatives, including working with the Information Governance Alliance, the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing, The Home Office and the Police.

He was a Caldicott Guardian for over ten years in an Acute NHS Hospital Trust serving a cathedral city and large rural population before volunteering as a Caldicott Guardian for Marie Curie, the leading UK charity which provides home nursing care and hospice care for people with a terminal illness.

He was also an independent member of the National Information Governance Committee of the Care Quality Commission (NIGC - CQC) until it’s dissolution in 2015.

He has represented UKCCG at numerous events including those recently hosted by the Kings Fund and the Welcome Trust . He was a member of the NHS Protect Strategy Implementation Group and was a former member of the NHS Commissioning Board’s IG Professional Leadership Group and its successor the Information Governance Forum. He was also Chair of the Honest Broker PIA Steering Group and a member of the cross government data sharing workshop addressing barriers to information sharing in relation to gang violence. He has a particular interest in Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences on Domestic Violence (MARAC’s) and Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) and is the author of “Striking the Balance”, guidance for information sharing in relation to Domestic Violence published by the Department of Health. 

He combines a deep knowledge of the challenges that real life presents with a passion to understand and unravel problems to try and find the best solution. He writes, lectures, and provides innovative, memorable and challenging training all based on practical experience! In addition he provides advice and guidance to an extensive range of organisations both local and national on Caldicott Guardian, confidentiality, information sharing, information governance and data protection.

“3 Hats & a Bee called D” - all will become clear on the day

Dawn Monaghan Head of Data Sharing and Privacy NHS England

In her presentation Dawn said 'its not only about what you can do legally but what you should be doing morally snd ethically. Many IG experts do not understand that there is an ethical side to this... sometimes its right to breach the law if its the right thing to do.'

Dawn went on to discuss the IGA and their current workstreams on

  • GDPR
  • Confidentiality 
  • Anonymisation
  • Data sharing for transformation 
  • National framework for direct care
  • Language and culture

Powerpoint presentation

Dawn's Biography

A graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Dawn has worked in the public sector for 33 years.

She began her career in the early 80’s at the BBC as a TV producer but changes to the way in which the BBC operated attracted her to a role in its executive management a decade later. A managed merger with Granada TV prompted her to seek a career change and she joined the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) in 2002 as the Senior Policy Manager for the expected Freedom of Information Act.

Dawn spent the next fifteen years as a senior manager in the ICO. For the first 8 years she was responsible for key policies in FOIA, developing the ICO model publication schemes and ensuring her team developed a suite of guidance which would assist organisations across the public sector to understand and meet their obligations. She was also responsible for the ICO’s liaison with key stakeholders in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

In 2008 she was asked to take up a role in Strategic Liaison for Data Protection with organisations across Health, Local Government and the Education sectors. In was in this role she became passionate about Health and Social Care and the importance of information sharing in improving patient experience and the effectiveness of the health and social care system.

In Feb 2016 she joined NHS England as Head of the Data Sharing and Privacy Unit (DSPU)

In March this year she accepted a secondment to a joint role across NHS England and NHS Digital. Her responsibilities as Head of the DSPU remain but she is also a Director of system IG Strategy at NHS Digital. Dawn has also recently accepted the position of Director of the Information Governance Alliance. Her roles in NHS England and NHS Digital are strategic. Her aim in all three of her roles is to support and assist the use of information by ensuring that public expectations are developed and met and that professionals understand how to use information in a sensible and secure manner. The simplification of process and the practical application of the law is her ultimate goal.

EXTENDED INTERACTIVE SESSION: Developing and fine tuning your leadership skills

Mike Chitty Head of Applied Leadership NHS Leadership Academy

  • self assessment of your leadership skills
  • leading culture change and empowering others
  • communicating your role and engaging the clinical teams: tips for success
  • developing the role of the Caldicott Guardian in your organization
  • round table discussion

Mike's Biography

Mike has worked at the NHS Leadership Academy since 2015 and is responsible for its applied leadership, organisational development and talent management functions.  

With 30 years’ experience in learner-centred training and development, Mike’s specialty is to make strategy and leadership work in complex systems in the public, third and private sector and help leaders to develop more entrepreneurial approaches to their work.

Mike’s other achievements include researching barriers to recruitment and training in micro-enterprise in Bradford, evaluating a major cross discipline leadership development programme for a consortium of NHS Trusts, developing alternative person centred approaches to social and economic regeneration for local authorities and development agencies.

Mike also specialises in board, chair and chief executive development.

EXTENDED SESSION: Legal Update for Caldicott Guardians Decision Making, the duty of candour, confidentiality and consent

Andrew Latham Senior Solicitor, Clinical Law Capsticks Solicitors LLP

  • the duty of candour and the Caldicott Guardian
  • legal issues around Caldicott decision making
  • what happens if there is disagreement between Caldicott Guardians
  • ethical and legal decision making processes and documentation

Powerpoint presentation

Andrew's Biography:

Andrew joined Capsticks as a trainee in 2010. Having gained experience across the firm’s practice areas, he qualified into the clinical law department and is a member of the Public Law team.  Andrew advises on a range of public law, healthcare regulatory, and litigation risk issues, including responsible commissioner disputes within the NHS, Court of Protection applications, and matters relating to the Mental Health Act 1983. As well as managing his own caseload, Andrew assists partners on a range of larger projects and judicial reviews, as well as providing specialist healthcare and information law input into Capsticks’ clients’ commercial deals, employment issues, and disputes. In addition, Andrew provides advice to emergency services clients.

Andrew provides his clients with prompt, highly practical, pragmatic advice in densely legislated, policy-rich areas of their work, including in relation to public consultation and the duties of public bodies under the Equality Act 2010.

As a member of Capsticks’ Information Law team, Andrew has helped a wide range of bodies (including our social housing clients and regulators) ensure compliance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998; given advice and appeared in Court on matters relating to the common law duty of confidentiality; and supported public authorities responding to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and other legislation.

Future events of interest:

Caldicott Guardian Training Course

Dates 2017 and 2018

The Caldicott Guardian 2018: Ethical Decision Making & The Duty of Candour
Friday 19 January 2018 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Caldicott Guardians: National Annual Summit 2018
Monday 14 May 2018 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London


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