Fair Processing Notice

Changes to data processing & sharing for a COVID-19 purpose

This practice is supporting vital coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and research by sharing your data with NHS digital. This transparency notice supplements our main practice privacy notice.

https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus/gpes-data-for-pandemic-planning-and-research/general-practice-transparency-notice

Please be aware, as we all face the Coronavirus pandemic, there is a newly enforced requirement for the sharing and processing of confidential patient information, in order to manage and mitigate the spread and impact of the current Covid-19 pandemic. This requirement is outlined in the attached document by clicking here.

As stated in section 2.2 organisations are required to process confidential patient information where the information to be processed is required for a Covid-19 purpose and will be processed solely for that Covid-19 purpose.

Please also note that the attached notice expires on September 30th, 2020 and the regulation will be reviewed on or before that date.

The rest of this Fair Processing Notice describes how your health care data is used under normal circumstances:

 

How we use your personal information

This fair processing notice explains why the practice collects information about you and how that information may be used.

The health care professionals who provide you with care maintain records about your health and any treatment or care you have received previously (e.g. Hospital, GP Surgery, Walk-in clinic, etc). These records help to provide you with the best possible healthcare.

NHS health records may be electronic, on paper or a mixture of both, and we use a combination of working practices and technology to ensure that your information is kept confidential and secure. Records which this GP Practice hold about you may include the following information.

  • Details about you, such as your address, legal representative, emergency contact details.
  • Any contact the surgery has had with you, such as appointments, clinic visits, emergency appointments, etc.
  • Notes and reports about your health.
  • Details about your treatment and care.
  • Results of investigations such as laboratory tests, x-rays etc.
  • Relevant information from other health professionals, relatives or those who care for you.

Your records will be retained in accordance with the NHS Code of Practice for Records Management.

To ensure you receive the best possible care, your records are used to facilitate the care you receive. Information held about you may be used to help protect the health of the public and to help us manage the NHS. Information may be used within the GP practice for clinical audit to monitor the quality of the service provided.

Some of this information will be held centrally and used for statistical purposes. Where we do this, we take strict measures to ensure that individual patients cannot be identified.

Sometimes your information may be requested to be used for research purposes – the surgery will always gain your consent before releasing the information for this purpose.

 

How do we maintain the confidentiality of your records?

We are committed to protecting your privacy and will only use information collected lawfully in accordance with:

  • GDPR 2018
  • Data Protection Act 2018
  • Human Rights Act 2015
  • Common Law Duty of Confidentiality
  • Health and Social Care Act 2012
  • NHS Codes of Confidentiality and Information Security

To share or not to share information review, click here to read further information about this.

Every member of staff who works for the Practice or another NHS organisation has a legal obligation to keep information about you confidential.

We will only ever use or pass on information about you if others involved in your care have a genuine need for it. We will not disclose your information to any 3rd party without your permission unless there are exceptional circumstances (i.e. life or death situations), where the law requires information to be passed on for example Child/Adult Protection and Serious Criminal Activity.

 

Who are our partner organisations?

We may also have to share your information, subject to strict agreements on how it will be used, with the following organisations or receive information from the following organisations: -

  • NHS Trusts / Foundation Trusts
  • GPs
  • NHS Commissioning Support Units
  • Independent Contractors such as dentists, opticians, pharmacists
  • Private Sector Providers
  • Voluntary Sector Providers
  • Ambulance Trusts
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Social Care Services
  • NHS Digital
  • Local Authorities
  • Education Services
  • Fire and Rescue Services
  • Police & Judicial Services

You will be informed of other 'data processors'. You will also be informed who your data will be shared with and in some cases asked for explicit consent for this happen when this is required.

We may also use external companies to process personal information, such as for archiving purposes.  These companies are bound by contractual agreements to ensure information is kept confidential and secure. 

 

Access to personal information

You have a right under the (Data Protection Act) GDPR to request access to view or to obtain copies of what information the surgery holds about you and to have it amended should it be inaccurate.  In order to request this, you need to do the following:

  • Your request must be made in writing to the GP - for information from the hospital you should write direct to them.
  • We are required to respond to you within 30 days.
  • You will need to give adequate information (for example full name, address, date of birth, NHS number and details of your request) so that your identity can be verified, and your records located.
 

Objections / Complaints

Should you have any concerns about how your information is managed at the GP, please contact the Practice Manager.  If you are still unhappy following a review by the GP practice, you can then complain to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) via their website (www.ico.org.uk).

 

Who is the Data Protection Officer?

As dictated by the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations), every public organisation must have a Data Protection Officer. 

Our DPO is Jane Hill and she can be contacted at westpenninelmc@btconnect.com

 

Change of Details 

It is important that you tell the person treating you if any of your details such as your name or address have changed or if any of your details such as date of birth is incorrect in order for this to be amended.  You have a responsibility to inform us of any changes so our records are accurate.

 

Notification 

The GDPR/ Data Protection Act 2018 requires organisations to register a notification with the Information Commissioner to describe the purposes for which they process personal and sensitive information.  

This information is publicly available on the Information Commissioners Office website www.ico.org.uk

The practice is registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

 

Who is the Data Controller?

The Data Controllers, responsible for keeping your information secure and confidential are:

Dr K Hebden, Dr H Perkins, Dr A Majid, Dr D Smith and Dr A Rashid.