Policy paper

Caldicott information governance review: Department of Health response

Response to Dame Fiona Caldicott’s independent review of how information about individuals is shared across the health and care system. (IIGOP)

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Applies to England



The government accepts all the recommendations of the Caldicott report and highlights that while information sharing is essential to provide good care for everyone, there are rules that must be followed.

The ambitions of this response are that:

  • everyone will feel confident that information about their health and care is secure, protected and shared appropriately when that is in their interest
  • people will be better informed about how their information is used and shared while they are receiving care, including how it could be used in anonymised form for research, for public health and to create better services
  • if people don’t want their information to be shared in this way, they will know how to object if they want to
  • people will be increasingly able to access their own health and care records

Dame Fiona Caldicott will be reporting on progress.

An Easy Read version of the response will be published on this page shortly.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has published new guidance that sets out 5, easy-to-remember rules so that staff can make sure they deal with confidential patient information safely and securely.

Independent Information Governance Oversight Panel (IIGOP) was established at the request of the Secretary of State.

Published 12 September 2013