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Update from the Information Governance Alliance

Phil Walker Senior Information Governance Expert at the Information Governance Alliance gave an update at today’s conference on how the IGA can support Caldicott Guardians, the duty of care in the context of information governance and the Caldicott Implementation Monitoring Group.

Phil Walker's full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

In his presentation Phil stated: 

The IGA mission is: To enhance the quality of health and care services, including people's experience of using those services, by improving information governance.

Our vision is to:

  • Become the authoritative source of advice and guidance

  • Build capacity and capability through professional networks

  • Provide support to organisations

  • Develop leadership and culture

The IGA is inclusive and invites participation from everyone who has an interest in information governance. He stated “We believe that working together is the best way to make progress.”

The Duty of Care & the Duty to Share:
The duty of confidentiality is a component of the broader duty of care, as is the duty to share information in support of care.
This is well established in GMC guidance but confidentiality has eclipsed other considerations, an understandable reaction to our complex and ever changing world.
Dame Fiona’s 2nd review attempted to redress the balance and introduced a new Caldicott principle: ‘The duty to share information can be as important as the duty to protect patient confidentiality’
This has been reinforced by a new statutory duty to share information in the Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015. This duty applies to both providers and commissioners but does not override confidentiality or an individual’s objections. It does provide a statutory push, i.e. when you can lawfully share information to facilitate improved care for an individual you must do so.

Phil Walker’s Biography:

Phil has led work on information governance policy on behalf of the Department of Health since 2002. He supported the original Caldicott Committee during 1996/97 and was the principal author of the Department of Health’s strategy for protecting and using patient information published in 2001. This strategy established the concept of information governance in the NHS and provided many of the design principles for the National Programme for IT. Phil also led the work to produce the Department’s Information Governance Toolkit and associated e-learning products. The recent reorganisation of the NHS has meant that Phil has moved into a role that has a whole system overview of information governance and he now awaits with interest the recommendations of the second Caldicott Review which is currently considering whether we have got the balance right in respect of protecting and sharing information.

Future Caldicott Guardian events of interest:

Caldicott Guardian Training Course for Beginners
Tuesday 17 November 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London


Caldicott Guardian Training Course
Tuesday 1 December 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London


Caldicott Guardian Training Course
Tuesday 19 January 2016
Hallam Conference Centre, London


Caldicott Guardian Training Course
Tuesday 23 February 2016
Hallam Conference Centre, London


Caldicott Guardian Training Course
Tuesday 19 April 2016
Hallam Conference Centre, London


Download: phil-walker-cg-even-oct-6_1184.pdf

6 October 2015


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