About Kaleidoscope Consultants

Established in 2012, Kaleidoscope Consultants are subject matter experts in information law, privacy and regulatory policy in health and social care. We provide expert advice on strategies to enable data exchanges, and development of national guidance for public and private sector organisations on the lawful use of Personal Confidential Data. We have in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the lawful utilisation and sharing of Personal Confidential Data and have created lean and robust governance approaches and systems that provide effective technical and organisational control.

Our broad range of clients consult us for the reassurance and enjoyment of working with authoritative and enthusiastic subject matters experts in information governance. We are active in our support for organisations in their understanding and preparation for the Data Protection Act 2018, incorporating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Kaleidoscope works directly with organisations, and frequently through non-specialist consultancies and legal advisers.

We have produced guidance for NHS England and NHS Improvement, delivered training for Department of Health, helped Public Health England, supported Commissioning Support Units and Clinical Commissioning Groups. We have worked with all types of NHS and private sector care providers and local authorities, including public health, as well as software houses, app developers and other NHS services. Our clients and projects are spread across the UK, EU, USA, and the Middle East.

Our work has included:

  • Governance arrangements and deployments of Health and Social Care Integrated Digital Care Records
  • Initiatives to enable information sharing
  • Privacy Impact Assessments for major procurements, joint ventures and large-scale processing
  • Data Protection Impact Assessments for large-scale processing
  • Developing national policy, section 251s and supporting guidance
  • Helping commissioners develop information strategies and CQINNS
  • Interim management in both payers and providers
  • Gaining access to NHS Digital services for local authorities, software houses and independent providers
  • Training, workshops and public speaking
  • Supporting health researchers including completion of Section 251 applications.

We are enthusiastic about our subject and delighted to have opportunities to share our knowledge and enthusiasm with our clients.

 

David Stone BA(Hons), DipM, MBA

Managing Director

David Stone is a well-known practitioner in the field of health and social care information governance.

After successfully delivering a national information governance programme at NHS Connecting for Health from 2007. David joined Apira in 2010, where he established the information governance practice area, delivering a number of national and regional information governance projects, before leaving to establish Kaleidoscope Consultants in 2012.

Kaleidoscope is now the leading information governance consultancy in health and social care in England, helping to develop many national policy initiatives, as well as regional and organisational level projects. Kaleidoscope partners with most of the major non-specialist consultancies in the field as subject matter experts of choice, as well as working internationally, principally as IG architects for technology companies in the USA, Middle East and Europe.

Recently, Kaleidoscope have been the lead IG consultants on a number of national programmes, notably NHS England Test Beds in partnership with KPMG, and STP-level data sharing in multiple regions.

Where appropriate, Kaleidoscope consultants utilise the Flowz tools to map, risk assess and promote organisational understanding of information risk and to promote accountable, responsible and ethical handling of personal data.

 

Amy Ford

Before joining Kaleidoscope as a senior consultant, Amy Ford was Head of Information Governance at NEL CSU (and before that South East CSU). For a few months she was on secondment as Senior Confidentiality Adviser at the Health Research Authority – Confidentiality Advisory Group (CAG)

She is a highly skilled and experienced information governance practitioner with a keen interest in information law and best practice. She has led an expert team to support the use of innovative digital solutions to exploit ‘Big Data’ in a lawful and secure manner.

Amy is an expert in application of information rights law through data protection impact assessments and risk assessment. She is passionate in ensuring new, innovative uses of data are lawful and within the expectations and of benefit to the individual. She has been responsible for delivering Data Protection strategies and supervising designated teams to ensure on-time and to budget delivery.

Amy has led on complex Data Protection/Information Governance Programmes and projects, as well, as operational compliance with legislation. This has included ensuring she works with stakeholder engagement strategies to meet transparency requirements.

Amy has an LL.M in Corporate Governance and Law.

 

David Birkinshaw LLM Information Rights Law and Practice

Senior Consultant

David Birkinshaw began his NHS career in 2003, working in ICT for Bromley Primary Care Trust, having previously worked for Egton Medical Information Systems (EMIS) from 1998. In Bromley, he helped over 50 GP Practices through their first few Information Governance Toolkit returns, whilst also supporting them with their ICT needs.

In 2008, David joined a small consultancy as part of their Information Governance practice, working with David Stone from 2009, and spending the next seven years working in many different areas of health IG including General Practice, Acute, Mental Health and private organisations supporting healthcare.

David joined David Stone at Kaleidoscope in 2015 as a senior consultant, and completed his law masters (LLM) in Information Rights Law and Practice in 2016.

David continues to assist many health organisations in the privacy and confidentiality arena and has recently been working with the privacy team at Bupa, primarily in the Bupa Dental Care sphere supporting their extensive GDPR programme and helping translate new ways of working into business as usual. Other areas of work include the continuing development of the Flowz information assets tool which helps companies with their Article 30 Records of Processing compliance requirements.

 

Katie Stone BA (Hons), DMS, Chartered MCIPD

Head of Resourcing and Operations

Katie has over 20 years’ experience in public sector HR, originally specialising in learning and development, and then quickly broadening her work to all aspects of HR. Since 2016 she has worked as a consultant supporting clients with broader operations and business development helping with proposals, tenders, finance, system support, HR, recruitment and anything that helps a business run effectively.

Katie is a Practitioner in the Data Protection Act 1998 (BCS). She works as secretariat for the North London Collaboration of CCGs Information Governing Group and data access sub groups

Katie was Head of HR and Internal Communications for the Competition Commission and, after working on the transition into the new non-ministerial department, was a Senior HR Business Partner for the Competition and Markets Authority. Earlier in her career, Katie worked in communications, publishing and administration at the King’s Fund and the National Union of Teachers.

 

Claudette Williams

Claudette Williams has joined Kaleidoscope to help build the resourcing business. She is the main contact for all associates and is helping build our roster of subject matter experts. She will also work in project support on some of our core projects.

Claudette spent more than 15 years involved in providing educational events and opportunities to medical professionals, particularly GPs. For 6 years she was the programme manager for educational events and courses at the Royal College of General Practitioners.

More recently, Claudette was the senior events officer with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance, funded by Public Health England, where she was responsible for organising nine Master classes, six videos and a webinar to support local authority suicide prevention planning across England.

Prior to her work with medical professionals, Claudette spent several years in conference and live event production Claudette is a PRINCE2 Practitioner who has project-managed events as small as ten participants and as large as 5,000 delegates.