The Academy welcomes the Department of Health’s response to the Caldicott review. Information is at the heart of partnership working, and Dame Fiona’s report emphasised the need for patients, carers, healthcare professionals and those in governance to work together to create the right balance of protecting and sharing patient data. A clear joined up code of practice for dealing with patient information is vital for coordination and continuation of patient care and increasing safety.
The Academy is already working with the medical Royal Colleges and the GMC to incorporate information governance into the essential training of all postgraduate doctors. And we look forward to working with the Professional Standards Authority to further develop consistent guidance on sharing and protecting patient information.