Fiona Caldicott
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Fiona Caldicott
Dame Fiona Caldicott

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Dame Fiona Caldicott - UK Data Guardian 2014-
Born (1941-01-12) 12 January 1941 (age 79)
EducationCity of London School for Girls, St Hilda's College, Oxford
Alma materSt Hilda's College, Oxford
Known forCaldicott Report

Dame Fiona Caldicott, (born 12 January 1941) is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist and, previously, Principal of Somerville College, Oxford[1]

She is the present National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care in England.

She was a Pro Vice-Chancellor, Personnel and Equal Opportunities, of the University of Oxford and chaired its Personnel Committee. She retired from her 10-year term as Chair at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust in March 2019[2], and was a past President of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She was the first woman to be President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (1993-96) and its first woman Dean (1990-93). From 2011 to 2013 she was Chair of the National Information Governance Board for Health and Social Care.

Early life

Caldicott was born on 12 January 1941, daughter of Joseph Soesan and Elizabeth (née Ransley). She was schooled at City of London School for Girls. She studied medicine at St Hilda's College, Oxford and qualified with BM BCh in 1966.[3][4]

Caldicott Committee

A review was commissioned by the Chief Medical Officer of England and Wales owing to increasing concern about the ways in which patient information is used in the NHS of England and Wales and the need to ensure that confidentiality is not undermined.[5] Such concern was largely due to the development of information technology in the service, and its capacity to disseminate information about patients rapidly and extensively.

In 1996, guidance on "the protection and use of patient information" was promulgated and there was a need to promote awareness of it at all levels in the NHS. It did not affect Scotland originally but they have recently adopted it. A main committee was set up under Fiona Caldicott's Chair and there were four separate working groups; the committee was known as the Caldicott Committee.

The Caldicott Committee ... was [responsible] to review all patient-identifiable information, which passes from NHS organisations to other NHS or non-NHS bodies for purposes other than direct care, medical research, or where there is a statutory requirement for information. The committee was to consider each flow of patient-identifiable information and was to advise the NHS Executive whether patient identification was justified by the purpose and whether action to minimise risks of breach of confidentiality was desirable--for example, reduction, elimination, or separate storage of items of information.

The Caldicott Report was published in December 1997.[6]

National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care

Caldicott became the UK's first National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care in November 2014.[7] In December 2018 the Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Act 2018 passed into law, and in April 2019 she was appointed as the first statutory position holder[8] by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.


Caldicott is an honorary fellow at Somerville College, Oxford and was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 15 June 1996.[9][10]

In November 2018 she won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Fellows & staff: Governing Body: Dame Fiona Caldicott". Somerville College, Oxford. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Oxford hospitals boss steps down after a decade". Oxford Mail. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Debrett's People of Today: Fiona Caldicott". Debrett's. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "List of Registered Medical Practitioners (The online Register)". General Medical Council. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ Crook, M A (June 2003). "The Caldicott report and patient confidentiality". Journal of Clinical Pathology. 56 (6): 426-428. doi:10.1136/jcp.56.6.426. ISSN 0021-9746. PMC 1769982. PMID 12783968.
  6. ^ Caldicott Report Archived 2003-09-30 at the Wayback Machine.
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  8. ^ "Dame Fiona Caldicott appointed as the first statutory National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care". GOV.UK. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Profile". Somerville College, Oxford. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "No. 54427". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 1996. p. 8.
  11. ^ "RCPsych awards 2018". RC PSYCH ROYAL COLLEGE OF PSYCHIATRISTS. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Dame Fiona Caldicott receives Lifetime Achievement Award -- Somerville College Oxford". Retrieved .

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Preceded by
Catherine Hughes
Somerville College, Oxford

Succeeded by
Alice Prochaska

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