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Caldicott Guardians

A Caldicott Guardian is a senior person within an NHS organisation who is responsible for protecting the confidentiality of patient and service-user information, and for enabling appropriate information sharing. They play a key role in ensuring that the NHS maintains the highest practical standards for handling patient identifiable information, this includes determining whether to allow the use sharing of person identifiable data.

In Scotland Caldicott Guardians are appointed by Health Boards and each NHS organisation is required to have a Caldicott Guardian.
Caldicott guardians must follow the six Caldicott Guardian principles:

  1. Justify the purpose(s) for using confidential information
  2. Only use confidential information when absolutely necessary
  3. Use the minimum amount of confidential information that is required
  4. Access to confidential information should be on a strict need-to-know basis
  5. Everyone must understand his or her responsibilities
  6. Understand and comply with the law

More information about the role and responsibilities of Caldicott Guardian can be found on the NHS Scotland Caldicott Guardian website.