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Statement of principles of confidentiality

The following Statement of Principles is provided to assist delegates at NCAS workshops and conferences


NCAS does not discuss its cases publicly, and will not confirm or deny whether a named practitioner or referring body is working with NCAS on a case, as to do so would breach the duty of confidence we owe to those who contact us. However, in order to share learning from our experience it is important that NCAS can draw on case material and we do this by compiling information from a number of different case studies and removing any information or detail which may identify individuals or organisations. This is then used to produce case studies and other learning materials.


The predominant style of NCAS workshops is interactive and facilitative, so discussions about colleague delegates’ experiences of cases are strongly encouraged, to share learning and build individual capability to deal with concerns about practitioner’s performance. We ask therefore that discussions which share delegates’ experiences of working with cases, whether identifiable or not, are regarded as strictly confidential and that the content of the discussion referring to any case is not shared outside the workshop or conference.


>Where general principles are discussed, and where there is discussion about learning from NCAS case referrals or opinions are expressed, NCAS follows the Chatham House Rule of Confidentiality to enable the fullest and freest discussion possible. The Chatham House Rule is set out below:


“When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”

If you have any queries about this Statement of Principles please contact Tinku Mitra, Head of Corporate Governance at NHS LA.