Our Privacy Notice
Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust will collect, store and use personal data about you to provide you with healthcare services. Your personal data will also be used to plan our services and to make sure those services are as good as they can be.
This makes Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust the Data Controller:
Our registered address is Stockdale House, Victoria Road, Leeds. LS6 1PF
Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) registration: Z258777X
We take our duty to protect your personal data, and maintain confidentiality very seriously. We are committed to taking all reasonable measures to ensure the security of the personal data we are responsible for, whether this is computerised or in paper form.
At Trust Board level we have a Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) who is accountable for the management of all the Trust’s information assets; a Caldicott Guardian who is responsible for the management of patient data and patient confidentiality. We have a Data Protection Officer who ensures the Trust is accountable and it compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the forthcoming Data Protection Act 2018.
The Data Protection Officer is:
What information do we collect about you?
The health professionals caring for you keep records about your health, treatment and care you receive with the NHS. The information in the record may come from you, other care providers e.g. a GP, Social Care or Hospital. The maintenance of these records will ensure that you receive the best possible care. They may be written down on paper or held on a computer and include:
It is essential that your details are accurate and up to date. Always check that your personal details are correct when you visit us and please inform us of any changes as soon as possible.
How your personal information is used
Your records are used to direct, manage and deliver the care you receive to ensure that:
Our lawful basis for processing your information under Data Protection legislation is:
Your information will also be used to help manage the NHS and protect the health of the public by used to:
For these purposes we use data anonymised in line with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) Anonymisation Code of Practice.
Who do we share personal information with?
Everyone working within the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential. Similarly, anyone who receives information from us has a legal duty to keep it confidential.
We will share information with the following main partner organisations:
You may be receiving care from other people as well as the NHS, for example Social Care services. We may need to share some information about you with them so we can all work together for your benefit if they have a genuine need for it or we have your permission. Therefore, we may also share your information, subject to strict agreement about how it will be used, with:
We will not disclose your information to any other third parties unless:
Please ask our staff if you have any concerns or would like further information. Alternatively you can contact the:
Data Protection Officer
Leeds Community Healthcare
Clinical Commissioning Groups
CCG’s are responsible for planning the health needs of their patients, and for paying to keep their local hospitals running. Information in computerised form is sent to CCG’s, with your name and address removed, but including NHS numbers and postcodes. Exactly the same information is sent to the Office of National Statistics which produces information about the performance of hospitals. Other organisations such as specialist disease registries receive information about particular areas of healthcare. This is important to ensure that the NHS provides the best possible treatments both now and in the future.
The NHS Care Record Guarantee
The NHS Care Record Guarantee for England sets out the rules that govern how patient information is used in the NHS and what control the patient can have over this. It covers people’s access to their own records, controls on other’s access, how access will be monitored and policies, options people have to further limit access, access in an emergency, and what happens when someone’s cannot make decisions for themselves. Everyone who works for the NHS, or for organisations delivering services under contract to the NHS, has to comply with this guarantee.
The Leeds Care Record
We will share relevant information with other healthcare professionals who are involved in your care and we will make key information from your records available via the Leeds Care Record unless you object. Your information will not be used for any other purpose without your consent, unless that purpose is required by law. The Trust will keep your records according to the conditions of the Data Protection Act (1998) at all times.
We will ensure your rights are respected. You have:
How can you access you records?
If you would like to request a copy of your medical records, please contact the Data Protection Office:
Leeds Community Healthcare Trust
Sending data to other countries
Sometimes your data may be processed outside of the UK, in most circumstances it will remain within the European Economic Area (EEA) and will have the same protection as if processed within this country. When this is outside the EEA we will identify the data protections in place prior to transfer.
How long do we keep your information?
All personal information will be kept in line with the retention periods in the Department of Health Records Management Code of Practice for Health and Social Care Records 2016.
The Data Protection Act 2018 requires organisations to notify with the Information Commissioner to describe the purpose for which they process personal information. These details are publically available on the information Commissioner’s website: www.ico.gov.uk.
If you have complaint about how we have handled your data you can initially make a complaint to Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust or the Information Commissioner.
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides any person with the right to obtain information held by Leeds Community Healthcare Trust, subject to a number of exemptions. If you would like to request information from us, please contact:
The Information Governance Team
Leeds Community Healthcare Trust
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