Caldicott is a key element of the Information Governance agenda in Wales, providing organisations working in Health and Social Care with a set of recommendations and principles to help ensure that person identifiable information (including that of patients, staff and service users) is adequately protected. Completion of the Caldicott (C-PIP) assessment provides Information Governance and Caldicott Leads with a comprehensive tool to highlight areas where improvements are required, and a benchmark for evaluating progress.
A great deal of work has been done within NHS Wales to implement the recommendations and principles of the review of Patient Identifiable Information published in 1997 by a committee chaired by Dame Fiona Caldicott. However, since 1997 there have been significant changes in both the legal framework and codes of practice which govern access to and the use of patient identifiable information.
Further information on the review and the code of practice is available via the following links: -
The delivery of even better health and social care services will depend upon the sharing of information among professionals and sometimes with external organisations. It is essential that the information which provides the infrastructure of this care is of a high quality and protected from unwarranted and inappropriate disclosure.
For more detailed information on specific aspects of Caldicott please visit the pages below.
Last updated: 04/04/2012