A Guide to Confidentiality in Health and Social Care
The duty to share information can be as important as the duty to protect confidentiality. The HSCIC Guide to Confidentiality 2013 [1.46MB] shows health and care workers what they should do and why, to share information safely while following rules on confidentiality. It covers the five confidentiality rules:
- Confidential information about service users or patients should be treated confidentially and respectfully.
- Members of a care team should share confidential information when it is needed for the safe and effective care of an individual.
- Information that is shared for the benefit of the community should be anonymised.
- An individual's right to object to the sharing of confidential information about them should be respected.
- Organisations should put policies, procedures and systems in place to ensure the confidentiality rules are followed.
The HSCIC Guide to Confidentiality 2013 reference document [698.48KB] provides legal background to this guidance.