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The Caldicott Guardian 2018: Ethical Decision Making & The Duty of Candour

Healthcare Conferences UK in association with Christopher Fincken, Independent Member UK Caldicott Guardian Council, (Chairman 2012-2017) are pleased to announce this Conference which will focus on the Caldicott Guardian and Decision Making – with particular emphasis on Ethical Decision Making and the Duty of Candour. 

Christopher Fincken opens the day with a National Caldicott Guardian Update including understanding ethical decision making within the context of the Caldicott Guardian role.

Full powerpoint presentation to follow shortly

Christopher Fincken'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.

This is followed by a presentation from Dr Mark Bratton Member UK Clinical Ethics Network Bishop of Coventry’s Advisor on Medical Ethics Church of England & Honorary Fellow in Clinical Education University of Warwick who discusses 'Ethical Decision Making: Principles and Practice' and covers:

  • ethical decision making in clinical practice
  • ethical principles and frameworks to support moral decision making
  • making difficult decisions: understanding conflicting ethical principles
  • integrating clinical ethics into clinical decision making
  • analysis of cases using ethical decision making frameworks
  • advice for Caldicott Guardians

Full powerpoint presentation

Dr Bratton's Biography

Reverend Dr Mark Bratton is an Associate Fellow in Clinical Education at the University of Warwick where he is responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of medical ethics and law. Mark qualified as a barrister in 1987. He has a History degree from University College London and a Theology degree from the University of Oxford. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the City University, a Masters in Medical Ethics and Law from King's College, London and a PhD in medical ethics and law from the University of Warwick. He is also the Rector of St. John Baptist Church, Berkswell, just outside Coventry, and Rural Dean of Kenilworth. He also serves as the Bishop of Coventry's Advisor on Medical Ethics. ‚Äč

The conference continued with a legal update for Caldicott Guardians from Andrew Latham at Capsticks Solicitors. The session included updates on current case law, the Duty of Candour, confidentiality, consent and implementing the GDPR in health services. 

Andrew's presentation is available here 

Future conferences of interest:

Information Governance in Health and Social Care: Ensuring Compliance with GDPR
Friday 23 February 2018, De Vere West One Conference, London

The Caldicott Guardian in General Practice Summit
Friday 23 March 2018, De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

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

Caldicott Guardian Training Course

Choice of 2018 dates available


19 January 2018


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