The August 2014 edition (issue 20) of the Caldicott Guardian Newsletter is
now available for download.
Caldicott Guardians are often asked for their advice on whether or not to
share personal information with the police. But what should staff do out of
hours when a Guardian may not be available and the request is considered to be urgent?
New Caldicott Principle 7 - ‘the duty to share information can be as important
as the duty to protect patient confidentiality’, requires that health and social care
professionals have the confidence to share information in the best interests of their
patients within the framework set out by the remaining Principles. The Caldicott 2
Report advised that professionals should be supported by the policies of their employers,
regulators and professional bodies to make sharing decisions. In Guidance relating to
the disclosure of personal information to the police, the UK Council of Caldicott
Guardians has set out some basic steps to assist front-line staff when considering such
This edition also introduces the Information Governance Alliance, the new group set up
to provide a ‘single source of authoritative truth’ - a recommendation of the Caldicott 2
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