This practice is committed to complying with the Data Protection Act 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), GDC, NHS and other data protection requirements relating to our work. We only keep relevant information about employees for the purposes of employment and about patients to provide them with safe and appropriate health care. This policy should be read in conjunction with Data Protection Overview (M 216) and the other related policies and procedures at the end of this policy. All data protection and information security policies procedures and risk assessments are reviewed annually.
The person responsible for data protection and information security is the Information Governance Lead.
Our lawful bases for processing your personal data are listed in our Privacy Notice (M 217T).
The practice offers individuals real choice and control. Our consent procedures put individuals in charge to build patient trust and engagement. Our consent for marketing requires a positive opt-in, we don’t use pre-ticked boxes or any other method of default consent. We make it easy for people to withdraw consent, tell them how to and keep contemporaneous evidence of consent. Consent to marketing is never a precondition of a service.
Pseudonymisation means transforming personal data so that it cannot be attributed to an individual unless there is additional information.
Examples of pseudonymisation we use are:
We report certain types of personal data breaches to the relevant supervisory authority within 72 hours of becoming aware of the breach, where feasible. If the breach results in a high risk of adversely affecting individuals’ rights and freedoms we also inform those individuals without undue delay. We keep ontemporaneous records of any personal data breaches, whether or not we need to notify. For our data breach notification procedures see Information Governance Procedures (M 217C).
Right to be informed
We provide ‘fair processing information’, through our Privacy Notice (M 217T) and the Privacy Notice for Children (M 217TC), which provide transparency about how we use personal data. These are available on our website and from the practice.
Right of Access
Individuals have the right to access their personal data and supplementary information. The right of access allows individuals to be aware of and verify the lawfulness of the processing. If an individual contacts the ractice to access their data they will be provided with, as requested:
Right to erasure
The right to erasure is also known as ‘the right to be forgotten’. The practice will delete personal data on
request of an individual where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing. The right to
erasure applies to individuals who are not patients at the practice. If the individual is or has been a
patient, the clinical records will be retained according to the retention periods in Record Retention (M
215) and after the periods stated can be deleted upon request.
Right of rectification
Individuals have the right to have personal data rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete.
Right to restriction
Individuals have a right to ‘block’ or suppress the processing of their personal data. If requested we will
store their personal data, but stop processing it. We will retain just enough information about the
individual to ensure that the restriction is respected in the future.
Right to object
Individuals have the right to object to direct marketing and processing for purposes of scientific research
An individual can request the practice to transfer their data in electronic or other format.
Privacy by design
We implement technical and organisational measures to integrate data protection into our processing
activities. Our data protection and information governance management systems and procedures take
Privacy by design as their core attribute to promote privacy and data compliance.
We keep records of processing activities for future reference.
Privacy impact assessment
To identify the most effective way to comply with their data protection obligations and meet individuals’
expectations of privacy we review our Privacy Impact Assessment annually in iComply using the
Sensitive Information Map, PIA and Risk Assessment (M 217Q).
Information Governance Procedures (M 217C) includes the following information security procedures:
This policy and the data protection and information governance procedures it relates to are reviewed
annually with iComply.
CODE iComply related policies and procedures