Caldicott Guardian and SIRO Risk Owner

The Caldicott Guardian is a senior person responsible for protecting the confidentiality of patient and service-user information and enabling appropriate information sharing.

The Caldicott Guardian for NHS North DurhamClinical Commissioning Group is Dr Ian Davidson, Director of Quality and Safety.

Ian Davidson

Ian Davidson

Caldicott Guardian

Every NHS organisation is required to have a Caldicott Guardian; this was mandated for the NHS by an official Health Service Circular in 1999. The mandate covers all organisations that have access to patient records; the Clinical Commissioning Groups (henceforth CCGs) in England deal with minimal patient / personal data: the three main categories being:

  • Complaints
  • Member of Parliament letters / correspondence
  • Staff files / data

The Caldicott Guardian has a strategic role, which involves representing and championing issues related to information sharing at Governing Body or executive level.
Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO)

The Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) will take overall ownership of North Durham CCG’s Information Risk Policyand act as champion for information risk on the Governing Body.

The SIRO for NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group is Nicola Bailey, Chief Operating Officer.

Nicola Bailey

Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO)

The SIRO understands how the strategic business goals of the CCG and how other NHS Organisations’ business goals may be impacted by information risks, and how those risks may be managed.

The SIRO will implement and lead the NHS Information Governance (IG) risk assessment and management processes within the CCG and advise Management Executive on the effectiveness of information risk management across the Organisation.