Carers & Confidentiality. Ruth Hannan, Policy & Development Manager. Contents. Overview of the confidentiality concept Exercise – what is confidential information? Limits and exceptions to confidentiality (Machin) Principles and Solutions Further resources.
Ruth Hannan, Policy & Development Manager
Keeping something confidential = keeping it private.
In health and social care, this means:
“information confided [to a professional] should not be used or disclosed further, except as originally understood by the confider, or with their subsequent permission”
(NHS Code of Practice on Confidentiality, 2003)
Common-law right, butHuman Rights Act 1998
creates legal right to privacy.
Also Mental Health Act 2007’s participation principle (involvement of service users and carers) as well as guidance to ensure carers have access to information.
Maintaining a patient’s confidentiality is vital for:
We all share the same aim: for the cared for to be as well as possible. However, there can be a:
Great - but the question remains how to do this…
not an absolute right,
not an absolute duty,
“The principle of confidentiality may operate to limit the
information, about the user, which the professionals can
Lawful breaches of confidence: