Confidentiality Guidelines


The Caldicott Report

A review was commissioned in 1997 by the Chief Medical Officer of England "owing to increasing concern about the ways in which patient information is being used in the NHS in England and Wales and the need to ensure that confidentiality is not undermined. Such concern was largely due to the development of information technology in the service, and its capacity to disseminate information about patients rapidly and extensively".

A committee was established under the chairmanship of Dame Fiona Caldicott, Principal of Somerville College Oxford, and previously President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Its findings were published in December 1997.

The report highlighted six key principles, and made 16 specific recommendations.

A copy of the report may be downloaded here.



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