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Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

Caldicott Principles

What is Caldicott? 

In 1997, a committee chaired by Dame Fiona Caldicott produced a report about confidentiality.

Their brief had been to review the transfer of patient identifiable information within the health service; the result was a set of standards that became known as The Caldicott Principles.

As we move to a more electronic age, where information can be shared more easily, and across many more types of organisations, the Government accepted the NHS Future Forum’s recommendation in January 2012, for an Information Governance Review of the balance between protecting patient information and its sharing, to improve patient care.

The Government asked Dame Fiona Caldicott to lead the work on the review, which has now become known as the Caldicott2 Report.  Done in april 2013 the caldicott 2 report expanded on the original 1997 report with 26 extra recommendations including adding a 7th caldicott principle.

The Caldicott Principles also allow for the secure transfer of sensitive information across other agencies, for example Social Services, Education, Police and Judicial System..

The seven Caldicott Principles relating to the use of patient identifiable information are:  

  1. Justify the purpose(s) of using confidential information

  2. Only use it when absolutely necessary

  3. Use the minimum that is required

  4. Access should be on a strict need-to-know basis

  5. Everyone must understand his or her responsibilities

  6. Understand and comply with the law

  7. The duty to share information can be as important as the duty to protect patient confidentiality  


The Caldicott Guardian

Each NHS organisation has appointed a Caldicott Guardian, who is responsible for safeguarding patient information and ensuring good practices are implemented. 

Trust Name Job title Tel Ext Email
Worcestershire Health and Care Trust Andy Sant Medical Director 01905 733845 31242