The Caldicott Principles were developed in 1997 following a review of how patient information was handled across the NHS.
This document outlines the eight Caldicott Principles to be adhered to with in all sectors of the NHS:
- Principle 1 - Justify the purpose(s) for using confidential information.
- Principle 2 - Don't use personal confidential data unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Principle 3 - Use the minimum necessary personal confidential data.
- Principle 4 - Access to personal confidential data should be on a strict need-to-know basis.
- Principle 5 - Everyone with access to personal confidential data should be aware of their responsibilities.
- Principle 6 - Comply with the law.
- Principle 7 - The duty to share information can be as important as the duty to protect patient confidentiality.
- Principle 8: Inform patients and service users about how their confidential information is used.
Information Governance Toolkit - Caldicott Principles (8 December 2020) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-caldicott-principles
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