Swanswell welcomes Dame Fiona Caldicott

29 March 2012

Dame Fiona Caldicott has been given an insight in to how Swanswell helps people change and be happy.

Swanswell, a national charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, invited the author of the Caldicott Report – a review into how patient information was used in the NHS in England and Wales – to visit its head office in Rugby.            

Dame Fiona is the originator of ‘Caldicott Guardians’, who are responsible in every NHS and local authority organisation for making decisions about sharing identifiable information.

On Tuesday 27 March, Dame Fiona had the opportunity to hear first hand from some of the people that Swanswell has helped to turn their lives around.

In addition, Dame Fiona learned about a number of exciting projects including Swanswell’s Reducing Drug-Related Offending programme and read about the charity’s strict clinical governance procedures among other examples of good practice.

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: ‘We’re delighted that Dame Fiona visited Swanswell to hear about our innovative services and to understand what we’re doing to ensure our clients receive the high quality care they deserve.

Dame Fiona was impressed with how seriously Swanswell takes its responsibility for ensuring client information is kept confidential and where information does need to be shared for effective treatment, that appropriate policies and procedures are in place.’

Speaking about her visit, Dame Fiona added: ‘I was most impressed by what I’ve heard. Swanswell does a lot of very good work.’

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