Ahead of the publication of the review of data security, consent and opt-outs, Dame Fiona Caldicott, the National Data Guardian (NDG), and David Behan, Chief Executive of the CQC, have written a joint letter to NHS trusts.
The letter outlines what trusts can be doing now in the area of data security, ahead of the publication of new standards.
The Health Secretary asked the NDG to develop new data security standards for the NHS and social care. The NDG was also asked to develop a new consent and opt-out model to apply across the health and care system. This is to make sure patients can make an informed decision about how their data will be shared for reasons other than their direct care.