Looking after information

Data security and information governance to keep health and care information safe and share it securely.

How we look after information

We take our responsibility for looking after care information very seriously. We follow legal rules, guidance and practices known as Information governance for our data collections and IT Infrastructure Systems.

Read more about how NHS Digital makes sure your information is safe.

Data security and information governance

NHS Digital offers guidance on protecting data and handling information securely.

Our guidance is designed to help health and care organisations meet the standards required to handle care information.

  1. UK Caldicott Guardian Council

    A Caldicott Guardian is a senior person responsible for protecting the confidentiality of people's health and care information and making sure it is used properly.

  2. Lists and registers

    See links to our lists and registers of information, including registers of approved data releases.

  3. Transparency

    The transparency agenda is a pan-government initiative, in which healthcare data figures prominently.

  4. Assuring information

    We've put measures in place to assure that NHS Digital, our clients and suppliers all look after information well and in line with good practice and the law. These follow the rules and practices known as Information Governance (IG).

  5. IG Toolkit

    IG standards and guidance for NHS and partner organisations.

Your personal information choices

We collect information from the records health and social care providers keep about the care and treatment they give.

We can only provide access to identifiable information if it will be used to promote health or support improvements in the delivery of care services in England or the government decides it's an emergency or in the public interest.

If you do not want your information to be used for any purpose beyond providing your care you can choose to opt-out by informing your GP.

Find out more about your choices