What Are The Caldicott Guidelines?

Single Assessment Process


Caldicott Principles

The Caldicott Report set out a number of general principles that health and social care organisations should use when reviewing its use of client information and these are set out below:

Principle 1: Justify the purpose(s)

Every proposed use or transfer of personally identifiable information within or from an organisation should be clearly defined and scrutinised, with continuing uses regularly reviewed by the appropriate guardian.

Principle 2: Do not use personally identifiable information unless it is absolutely necessary.

Personally identifiable information items should not be used unless there is no alternative.

Principle 3: Use the minimum personally identifiable information.

Where the use of personally identifiable information is considered to be essential, each individual item of information should be justified with the aim of reducing identifiably.

Principle 4: Access to personally identifiable information should be on a strict need to know basis.

Only those individuals who need access to personally identifiable information should have access to it.

Principle 5: Everyone should be aware of their responsibilities.

Action should be taken to ensure that those handling personally identifiable information are aware of their responsibilities and obligations to respect patient/client confidentiality.

Principle 6: Understand and comply with the law.

Every use of personally identifiable information must be lawful. Someone in each organisation should be responsible for ensuring that the organisation complies with legal requirements.