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Confidentiality - Sources of Guidance

Confidentiality - Sources of Guidance

Patient confidentiality and access to health records

BMA Guidance - Confidentiality and health records

BMA - Confidentiality and disclosure of health information tool kit

Information about releasing a patient's notes

Department of Health Code of Practice

DoH Guidance - Confidentiality: NHS Code of Practice

DoH Guidance - Confidentiality: NHS Code of Practice - supplementary guidance: public interest disclosures

General Medical Council (GMC) guidance

The GMC website contains a comprehensive confidentiality guidance section

Staff Confidentiality

Subscribers to the Members section of the FPM website can access a draft Confidentiality Policy and Agreement (Staff) in the Human Resources index of the Protocols Library. If you are not a Member, have a look at the information about the benefits of membership and how to subscribe.

Third Party Confidentiality (e.g Contractors)

Subscribers to the Members section of the FPM website can access a draft Confidentiality Agreement (Third Party) in the Practice Operation & Development index of the Protocols Library. If you are not a Member, have a look at the information about the benefits of membership and how to subscribe.

Confidentiality re teenage patients

Consent and confidentiality issues for young people

Caldicott

Information on the Caldicott Report and the implications for Practices

Information security

Health and Social Care Information Centre - Information Security Guidance 

Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (formerly DTI) guidance "Protecting your business assets" highlights the importance of protecting information, whether on paper or held electronically, from being maliciously or unintentionally changed, being accessed by unauthorised people, or being misused. 

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