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What's a Caldicott Guardian?

A Caldicott Guardian is a senior member of staff with responsibilities for protecting the confidentiality of patient and service-user information and enabling appropriate information-sharing.

The Caldicott Guardian for YAS is the Executive Medical Director.

The Caldicott Report sets out a number of general principles which health and social care organisations should use when reviewing their use of patient/client information and these are set out below:

Principle 1: Justify the purpose(s)
Every proposed use or transfer of personally-identifiable information within or from an organisation should be clearly defined and scrutinised, with continuing uses regularly reviewed by the appropriate guardian.

Principle 2: Do not use personally-identifiable information unless it is absolutely necessary
Personally-identifiable information items should only be used when there is no alternative.

Principle 3: Use the minimum personally-identifiable information
Where the use of personally-identifiable information is considered to be essential, each individual item of information should be justified so the minimum amount of identifiable information is provided.

Principle 4: Access to personally-identifiable information should be on a strict need-to-know basis
Only those individuals who need access to personally-identifiable information should have permission.

Principle 5: Everyone should be aware of their responsibilities
Action should be taken to ensure that those handling personally-identifiable information are aware of their responsibilities and obligations to respect patient/client confidentiality.

Principle 6: Understand and comply with the law
Every use of personally-identifiable information must be lawful. Someone in each organisation should be responsible for ensuring that the organisation complies with legal requirements.