Caldicott Guardian

The Trust’s Caldicott Guardian

The Dame Fiona Caldicott Report in 1997 recommended that "A senior person, preferably a health professional, should be nominated in each health organisation to act as a guardian, responsible for safeguarding the confidentiality of patient information."

Here at the Trust maintaining patient confidentiality is very important to us. Our appointed Caldicott Guardian is Mr Andy Beeby who is responsible for the protection of patient confidentiality throughout the Trust in accordance with service users' rights:-

Mr Andrew Beeby
Medical Director
QE Gateshead
Trust Headquarters
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Sheriff Hill
NE9 6SX

Tel. 0191 482 0000.

 
How it Works

The Caldicott Guardian is responsible for regulating the use and transfer of patient identifiable data in the Trust whilst overseeing the ongoing process of audit, improvement and control. All data is processed in accordance with the seven caldicott principles which are as follows:- 
  1. To justify the purpose for using confidential information; 
  2. To only use data when absolutely necessary; 
  3. To use only the minimum amount of data required; 
  4. To give access only on a strict need-to-know basis;
  5. To understand your responsibilities (Code of Confidentiality); 
  6. To understand and comply with the law;
  7. To understand that the duty to share information can be as important as the duty to protect patient confidentiality.
The Trust’s Caldicott Guardian plays a key role in the organisation and is supported by the members of the Health Informatics Assurance Group and other managers across the Trust in order to provide a robust culture and policy framework around the use and transfer of patient and personal identifiable data. 

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