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Feedback sought on Code of Practice for confidential information

June 23, 2014

The views of health and care policymakers, patient groups, researchers, regulators, and anyone concerned about medical confidentiality are being sought on a new code which aims to ensure that confidential health and adult social care information is properly handled by all organisations that handle confidential information.

The HSCIC is inviting feedback on its draft Code of Practice on Confidential Information2.

Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the HSCIC is required to publish a Code of Practice. Organisations that handle confidential information about the provision of health and adult social care in England are required to have regard to it, from GP practices and hospital trusts, to commissioners and research organisations.

The HSCIC released a Guide to Confidentiality in Health and Social Care in September 2013 which provided citizens and health and care staff with clear, accessible guidance on the handling of confidential information3.

The Code of Practice aims to complete the picture by providing good practice guidance to those responsible for setting and meeting organisational policies in this arena. It will help organisations to ensure that the right structures and procedures are in place to help all staff follow the confidentiality rules in the previously published guide.

The HSCIC is inviting a wide range of stakeholders to read the draft Code available at and provide their feedback by 18August 2014.

Results of the feedback gathering will be published on our website and used to develop the final Code before its publication at the end of September 2014.


Notes to editors

1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on 1 April 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). The trusted source of authoritative data and information relating to health and care, HSCIC plays a fundamental role in driving better care, better services and better outcomes for patients. The HSCIC supports the delivery of IT infrastructure, information systems and standards to ensure information flows efficiently and securely across the health and social care system to improve patient outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 130 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.

2. To review the draft Code and provide views visit


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