Dr Nicola Byrne has been appointed the brand new Nationwide Information Guardian (NDG) for Well being and Social Take care of the following three years.
Dr Byrne is the second individual to take up the position following Dame Fiona Caldicott, who passed away in February 2021.
The Nationwide Information Guardian’s position is to assist guarantee the general public can belief that well being and care info is securely safeguarded and used appropriately. The place was first established in November 2014 and laws was handed in December 2018 to position the position on a statutory footing.
Dr Byrne was chosen by an open public appointment course of, which commenced in August 2020, to nominate a successor to Dame Fiona. The appointment has additionally been reviewed and authorized by the Well being and Social Care Committee.
With a background in psychiatry, Dr Byrne has greater than 20 years of sensible scientific expertise. She intends to proceed in her publish as a guide psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Basis Belief, seeing sufferers on a part-time foundation.
She has additionally held roles because the belief’s Caldicott Guardian and Chief Medical Info Officer (CCIO), however will go away these positions on her appointment as NDG.
Dr Byrne stated: “I’m delighted to tackle this vital position and decided to work to make sure that residents’ well being and care knowledge is used to make sure the security and high quality of particular person care, to enhance the well being of the inhabitants, and to assist the long run effectiveness of our well being and care system by analysis and innovation in remedy and fashions of care.
“In doing so, I’ll do my greatest to honour Dame Fiona’s legacy, looking for all the time to talk up on behalf of residents for reliable use of knowledge, as she did with such integrity over the numerous years of her work.”