The UK Caldicott Guardian Council is the national body for Caldicott Guardians
A Caldicott Guardian is a senior person responsible for protecting the confidentiality of people’s health and care information and making sure it is used properly.
All NHS organisations and local authorities which provide social services must have a Caldicott Guardian.
The UKCGC's principal aim is to provide support for Caldicott Guardians and others fulfilling the Caldicott function within their organisation. In addition it aims to:
- be a point of contact for all Caldicott Guardians and for health and care organisations seeking advice on the Caldicott principles;
- enable Caldicott Guardians to share information, views and experience;
- encourage consistent standards and training for Caldicott Guardians;
- help to develop guidance and policies relating to the Caldicott principles.
The Council has agreed its constitution for 2017 to 2020.
When making decisions or giving guidance, Caldicott Guardians will often refer to the Caldicott principles, which originate from the Information Governance Review. The Council has produced A Manual for Caldicott Guardians, which is also available here in a web version.