HSCIC welcomes publication of Caldicott Review

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) today welcomes the publication of the Caldicott review into information governance – and recognises its importance in identifying the balance between protecting and using data to improve care and outcomes.

The review “Information: to share or not to share” highlights HSCIC’s role as a safe haven for the secure analysis of health data to improve outcomes for patients, as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

The review also acknowledges HSCIC’s responsibility for developing a Code of Practice for the use of confidential information. Development of the code is well underway, with input from key organisations such as patient and GP groups, and will reflect the outcomes of the review along with the NHS Constitution and other key legislation.

HSCIC will continue to work closely with the Department of Health, NHS England and other key stakeholders in ensuring the needs of patients and people remain at the heart of all its activity.


Notes to editors

  1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England’s trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 130 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.
  2. For more information about the Health and Social Care Act 2012 visit: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2012/7/contents/enacted.
  3. For media enquiries about HSCIC, its data or operation-based system questions, please contact the press office on 0845 257 6990 or media@hscic.gov.uk