General Medical Council, January 2017
Following consultation, this guidance on confidentiality for doctors has been revised and updated. While the principles of the current guidance remain unchanged, it now clarifies various issues including the public protection responsibilities of doctors and the importance of sharing information for direct care. It also includes a decision-making flowchart and explanatory notes to show how the new guidance applies to situations doctors may encounter and find hard to deal with, such as reporting gunshot and knife wounds or disclosing information about serious communicable diseases.
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Department for Education, July 2016
This report shares findings and presents recommendations on how to overcome barriers to effective multi-agency working and information sharing to protect vulnerable children and families.
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BBC News, 25 September 2015
Many smartphone health apps vetted and promoted by the NHS leak data that could be used for ID theft and fraud, a study finds…
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House of Commons, September 2015
This briefing describes how patients may request access to their records, and the circumstances in which access to the records of others may be allowed. The briefing also describes statutory and public interest disclosures of patient information; information sharing rules for people who lack mental capacity; and access to information on hereditary conditions for relatives.
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Department of Health, January 2015
This is the first annual report of the Independent Information Governance Oversight Panel, chaired by Dame Fiona Caldicott and set up by the Secretary of State for Health in November 2013.
It looks at whether health and social care organisations are sharing information wisely and preventing improper disclosure of personal data. It shows evidence of pockets of exemplary practice but the overall picture is of a need for improvement.
The IIGOP report concludes that a basic condition for building public trust is a commitment to more transparency about how data is collected, stored and used. Individuals must also be able to opt out of data sharing arrangements and be confident that their wishes are being respected consistently across the system.
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The King’s Fund, October 2014
To support clinical and care staff, managers and estates colleagues, The King’s Fund has produced a range of resources to enable hospitals, care homes, primary care premises and specialist housing providers to become more dementia friendly.
Click here for further information and to download the tools.
E-Health Insider, 11 August 2014
Police should be given greater access to medical records without patient consent, a senior police chief has argued in an interview in which he also called for a register of vulnerable people to be set up to facilitate this…
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