Caldicott Guardian

All NHS organisations are required to have a Caldicott Guardian whose role is to protect the confidentiality of patient and service-user information, and enable appropriate information sharing.

The Caldicott Guardian for The Loddon Vale Practice is:

Dr O Fard
Senior Partner

The term Caldicott refers to a review commissioned by the Chief Medical Officer.  A review committee, under the chairmanship of Dame Fiona Caldicott, investigated ways in which patient information is used in the NHS. The review committee also made a number of recommendations aimed at improving the way the NHS handles and protects patient information.

These are summarised by Seven Information Management Principles.

  • Justify the purpose(s) of using confidential information.
  • Only use it when absolutely necessary.
  • Use the minimum that is required.
  • Access should be on a strict need to know basis.
  • Everyone must understand his or her responsibilities.
  • Understand and comply with the law.
  • The duty to share can be as important as the duty to protect patient confidentiality.