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Information Governance

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

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.

View our latest guidance on responding to the cyber attack on the NHS on 12 May 2017

Including technical information on patching to protect against attack.

NHS Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)

The infrastructure security system that supports smartcards.

Information Security

Safeguards and guidelines for protecting patient data.

Information Governance Alliance (IGA)

The authoritative source of advice and guidance about the rules on using and sharing information in health and care.

Codes of practice for handling information in health and care

What health and care organisations must do to look after information properly, covering confidentiality, information security management and NHS records management.

Lists and registers

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

IG Toolkit

IG standards and guidance for NHS and partner organisations.

Technology-specific information security and governance guidance (Good practice guidelines)

Documents providing advice on IT implementation and information governance.

National Data Guardian (NDG)

Dame Fiona Caldicott independently advises on the use of confidential health and care information.

IG Statement of Compliance

IG requirements for organisations accessing NHS digital services including N3.


Standards of practice for health record confidentiality.

Why information is needed

Information collected by NHS Digital is used to support the daily running of health and care services, as well as in areas beyond your direct care, such as commissioning, public health planning and research.


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

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