Updated Martin Stevens 01/08/2014

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Health Research Authority: appointments to the Confidentiality Advisory Group

The Confidentiality Advisory Group (CAG) is looking to appoint new members to help it deliver its existing and future functions.

The CAG provides the Health Research Authority (HRA) and the Secretary of State for Health (SofS) with independent expert advice about applications for access to confidential patient information. The work of the Group is challenging, but it is also immensely rewarding.

The key purpose of the CAG is to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public whilst at the same time facilitating appropriate use of confidential patient information for purposes beyond direct patient care. Sometimes essential activities of the NHS and important medical research require the use of identifiable patient information where it is not always practical to obtain consent. In these circumstances applicants seek approval from HRA (for research purposes) or SofS (for other purposes) by applying to CAG who provide independent advice to HRA and SofS on these applications. The CAG has also been provided with new responsibilities to advise the Health and Social Care Information Centre on aspects related to its dissemination function.

As one of the CAG’s voluntary members, you will robustly assess applications to advise whether the activity is in the public interest, if it fulfills a medical purpose, and if consent can be obtained from those whose data has been requested.

Deadline for applications is 8th March.
The information pack contains full details on the role, how to apply, the application form and equality monitoring.

Updated 01/03/2016 Martin Stevens