Public Benefit and Privacy Panel for Health & Social Care

Notification of changes to scrutiny and application processes

From 1st May2015, arrangements for scrutiny of applications to use NHSScotland originated data have changed. Community Health Index Advisory Group (CHIAG), NHS National Services Scotland Privacy Advisory Committee (PAC), and National Caldicott Guardians application processes have been merged. A single application and scrutiny process is now  operated across Scotland by the newly formed Public Benefit and Privacy Panel for Health and Social Care. From 15th June 2015 onwards only new format application forms will be accepted for submission (see the For Applicants page).

The changes do not affect local Caldicott approval processes operating within individual NHSScotland health boards, or National Research Ethics Service committee (NRES/REC) approvals, which continue unchanged.

Background

The Public Benefit and Privacy Panel for Health and Social Care is a governance structure of NHSScotland, exercising delegated decision-making on behalf of NHSScotland Chief Executive Officers and the Registrar General. The panel operates as a centre of excellence for privacy, confidentiality, and information governance expertise in relation to Health and Social Care in Scotland, providing strategic leadership and direction in this area to NHSScotland Boards, the research community, and wider stakeholder groups.

The new panel:

  • Streamlines existing governance processes for the scrutiny of requests for access to NHSScotland originated data for a variety of purposes other than direct care – for example for research, audit or healthcare planning
  • Provides robust, transparent, consistent, appropriate and proportionate information governance scrutiny of such requests
  • Provides leadership and acts as a centre of excellence for privacy, confidentiality, and information governance expertise in relation to Health and Social Care in Scotland
  • Further strengthens the direct involvement of members of the public in the scrutiny process, and decision making regarding access to NHSScotland originated data