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A guide to confidentiality in health and social care
Treating confidential information with respect

A guide to confidentiality in health and social care 

A guide to confidentiality in health and social care
Published by the Health and Social Care
Information Centre
Version 1.1
September 2013

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Contents

A guide to confidentiality in health and social care

Contents
Foreword 4
Introduction 6
Why has this guide been produced?
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Who needs to know about this guide?
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What are the confidentiality rules?
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Rule 1
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Confidential information about service users or patients should be treated confidentially and respectfully

Rule 2

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Members of a care team should share confidential information when it is needed for the safe and effective care of an individual

Rule 3

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Information that is shared for the benefit of the community should be anonymised Rule 4

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An individual’s right to object to the sharing of confidential information about them should be respected

Rule 5

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Organisations should put policies, procedures and systems in place to ensure the confidentiality rules are followed

Appendix 1 - The Caldicott principles
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A guide to confidentiality in health and social care

Foreword

Foreword
Health and social care is being transformed so that each individual can have greater control of their own care.
There has been an explosion of information produced by the increase in internet use, social media and electronic information systems and we want patients and service users to be able to take advantage of this. This makes protecting confidential information the starting point, if people and professionals are to feel confident about the security and appropriateness of information sharing.
For too long, people have hidden behind the obscurity of the Data Protection Act or alleged rules of information governance in order to avoid taking decisions that benefit the service user or patient. I was asked by the Secretary of State to review the balance between confidentiality and information sharing in this context. My panel’s report has reinforced the duty of staff to share information to ensure safe and effective care for service users and patients.
We are equally committed to ensuring that the patient or service users’ wishes are respected in relation to how their information is used. While people are unlikely to object to sharing confidential information within their own care team, there are some who may not want it used for purposes such as research or reshaping a patient pathway in order to achieve safer care in general. These wishes must be respected by everyone who has access to health and social care data. This guide supports the individual’s right to object and sets out how organisations should respect this.

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Foreword

A guide to confidentiality in health and social care

We want to make sure that people have no surprises about how information about them is used. The following guide to confidentiality shows how to ensure this happens. It has been distilled into five rules which set out all the obligations to be fulfilled. We expect it to become part of the DNA for all staff in residential homes, providing care at home, working in wards and in communities. The guide is a living document which we will keep updated to reflect changes in health and social care that have consequences for how information is handled. Individuals should be reassured by this guide and its commitment to ensuring that information is shared for safe and effective care while their privacy and confidentiality is protected.

Dame Fiona Caldicott
Chair of the Information Governance Review –
To Share or Not to Share?

Kingsley Manning
Chair, Health and Social Care
Information Centre

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