Dr Nicola Byrne
National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care
Office of the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care
About Dr Nicola
Dr Nicola Byrne is the National Data Guardian for health and adult social care in England. She helps to ensure that personal confidential data is held and used to support better outcomes from health and care services, at the same time providing confidence that there are thorough safeguards in place to protect personal confidential data.
Dr Byrne has a 20 year background working in mental health, and retains her clinical role as a consultant psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to becoming National Data Guardian, she held positions as the trust’s Deputy Medical Director, Caldicott Guardian and Chief Clinical Information Officer.
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