Patient Privacy Notice
This Privacy Notice sets out details of the information that the Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic and the clinicians responsible for your treatment may collect from you and how that information may be used. Please take your time to read this Privacy Notice carefully.
This Privacy Notice:
- provides you with a detailed overview of how we will manage your data, from the point at which it is gathered and onwards
- will give you all the details you need on how we use your information, and how we will comply with the law in doing so.
- sets out your rights in respect of your personal information, and how to exercise them. You can, for instance, seek access to your medical information, object to us using your information in particular ways and request rectification of any information which is inaccurate.
- For feedback on this notice please contact our office on 01753 660840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this Privacy Notice we use “we” or “us” or “our” or “Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic” to refer to the company who is using your personal information, and the clinicians who provide your treatment.
How to contact us
The Data Protection Officer (“DPO”) helps ensure that we comply with data protection law. Our DPO has responsibility for data protection compliance in respect of the companies set out above.
The DPO can be contacted by: Telephone: 01753 660840 or Email: email@example.com
Your Personal Data and our Visiting Clinicians
As a patient of the Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic, your treatment may be provided by a clinician who is a medical practitioner. For ease of reference, we refer to them simply as ‘clinicians’ throughout this Privacy Notice.
Those clinicians make decisions about what information is collected about you and may maintain their own set of medical records in relation to the treatment that they provide. They are a Data Controller in respect of your personal information which they hold within those records, meaning that they must comply with the data protection legislation and relevant guidance when handling your personal information.
To the extent relevant to their practice, you can expect clinicians (including their medical secretaries) to handle your information in line with this Privacy Notice.
This includes using your personal information as set out in more detail below.
Clinicians who work with the Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic (including their medical secretaries) are expected to handle your personal data in accordance with the principles set out within this Privacy Notice. This means that whenever they use your personal data, they will only do so as set out in this Privacy Notice.
What personal information do we collect and use from patients?
The personal information that we collect will depend on your relationship with us. We will collect different information depending on whether or not you are already a patient of the Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic. We may use “special categories of personal information” (otherwise known as “special categories of data”) about you, such as information relating to your physical and mental health. For example, if you are a patient we will need to use information about your health in order to treat you.
If you provide personal information to us about other individuals (including medical or financial information) you should inform the individual about the contents of this Privacy Notice. We will process such information in accordance with this Privacy Notice.
In addition, you should note that in the event you amend data which we already hold about you (for instance by amending a pre-populated form) then we will update our systems to reflect the amendments. Our systems will continue to store historical data.
As a patient of The Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic, the personal information we hold about you may include the following:
- Contact details, such as postal address, email address and telephone number (including mobile number)
- Financial information, such as credit card details used to pay us
- Private Healthcare details
- Emergency contact details, including next of kin
- Background referral details
Special Categories Personal Information
As a patient of The Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic, we will hold information relating to your medical treatment which is known as a special category of personal data under the law, meaning that it must be handled even more sensitively. The special categories of personal information we hold about you may include the following:
- Details of your current or former physical or mental health. This may include information about any healthcare you have received (both from The Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic directly and other healthcare providers such as GPs, dentists or hospitals (private and/or NHS)) or need, including about clinic and hospital visits and medicines administered. We provide further details below on the manner in which we handle such information.
- Details of services you have received from us
- Details of your nationality, race and/or ethnicity
- Details of your religion
- Details of any genetic data or biometric data relating to you
- Data concerning your sex life and/or sexual orientation
The confidentiality of your medical information is important to The Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic. We make every effort to prevent unauthorised access to and use of information relating to your current or former physical and mental health.
In doing so, The Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic complies with UK data protection law, including the Data Protection Act 2018, and all applicable medical confidentiality guidelines issued by professional bodies including, but not limited to, the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
From 25 May 2018, the current Data Protection Act will be replaced by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and a new Data Protection Act. All users of The Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic information will comply with the GDPR and the new Data Protection Act from that date onwards.
How do we collect your information?
We may collect personal information from a number of different sources including, but not limited to:
- Other hospitals, both NHS and private
- Mental health providers
- Commissioners of healthcare services
- Clinicians (including their medical secretaries)
- Health Insurers
Directly from you
Information may be collected directly from you when:
- You enter into a contract with the Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic for the provision of healthcare services
- You use those services
- You complete an enquiry form on The Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic website
- You submit a query to us including through our website, by email or by social media
- You correspond with us by letter, email and telephone.
From other healthcare organisations
Our patients will usually receive healthcare from other organisations in addition to The Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic, and so in order to provide you with the best treatment possible we may have to collect personal information about you from other organisations. These may include:
- Medical records from your GP
- Medical records from your clinician (including their medical secretaries)
- Medical records from your dentist
- Medical records from the NHS or any private healthcare organisation
From third parties
As detailed in the previous section, it is often necessary to seek information from other healthcare organisations.
We may also collect information about you from third parties when:
- You are referred to us for the provision of services including healthcare services
- We liaise with your current or former employer, health professional or other treatment or benefit provider
- We liaise with your family
- We liaise with your insurance policy provider
- We deal with experts (including medical experts) and other service providers about services you have received or are receiving from us
- We deal with NHS health service bodies about services you have received or are receiving from us
- We liaise with credit reference agencies
- We liaise with debt collection agencies
- We liaise with Government agencies, including the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and HMRC
How will we communicate with you?
In order to communicate with you, we are likely to do this by telephone, SMS, email, and / or post. If we contact you using the telephone number(s) which you have provided (landline and/or mobile), and you are not available which results in the call being directed to a voicemail and/or answering service, we may leave a voice message on your voicemail and/or answering service as appropriate.
- to ensure that we provide you with timely updates and reminders in relation to your healthcare (including basic administration information and appointment information, including reminders), we may communicate with you by SMS and/or unencrypted email (where you have provided us with your email address) in each case where you have expressed a preference in the patient registration form to be contacted by SMS and / or email.
- to provide you with your medical information (including test results and other clinical updates) and/or invoicing information, we may communicate with you by email (which will be encrypted) where you have provided us with your email address and have expressed a preference in the patient registration form to be contacted by email. The first time we send you any important encrypted email e.g. one that we are not also sending by post or which requires action to be taken, we will endeavour to contact you separately to ensure that you are able to access the encrypted email you are sent.
- If we have your mobile number or your email address we may use this method of communication to contact you regarding patient surveys which are for the purpose of improving our service or monitoring outcomes and are not a form of marketing.
Please note that although providing your mobile number and email address and stating a preference to be communicated by a particular method will be taken as an affirmative confirmation that you are happy for us to contact you in that manner, we are not relying on your consent to process your personal data in order to correspond with you about your treatment. As set out further below, processing your personal data for those purposes is justified on the basis that it is necessary to provide you with healthcare services.
As detailed above, we may occasionally contact you to ask you to participate in surveys regarding your treatment with the Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic. The surveys will largely be sent post-treatment by email or SMS. This is not a form of marketing and the surveys do not try to sell you any further products or services; it is solely to gather information relating to your experience of the Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic, for the purposes of improving the quality and safety of the services we offer to future patients.
It is necessary for us to process your personal data in order to contact you with these surveys, on the basis of our appropriate business needs and to improve the quality of the healthcare services we offer. Participation in the surveys is entirely voluntary. You may decide not to complete the surveys and you will have the option to unsubscribe from receiving further survey invitations. You may also be given the opportunity to proactively opt into receiving a call back to further discuss your survey responses. These are all matters entirely for you.
What are the purposes for which your information is used?
We may ‘process’ your information for a number of different purposes, which is essentially the language used by the law to mean using your data. Each time we use your data we must have a legal justification to do so. The particular justification will depend on the purpose of the proposed use of your data. When the information that we process is classed as “special category of personal information”, we must have a specific additional legal justification in order to use it as proposed.
Generally, we will rely on the following legal justifications, or ‘grounds’:
- Taking steps at your request so that you can enter into a contract with the Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic and/or clinician to receive healthcare services from us.
- For the purposes of providing you with healthcare pursuant to a contract between you and the Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic and/or clinician. We will rely on this for activities such as supporting your medical treatment or care and other benefits, supporting your doctor, nurse, carer or other healthcare professional and providing other services to you.
- We have an appropriate business need to process your personal information and such business need does not cause harm to you. We will rely on this for activities such as quality assurance, maintaining our business records, developing and improving our products and services and monitoring outcomes.
- We have a legal or regulatory obligation to use such personal information.
- We need to use such personal information to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights.
- You have provided your consent to our use of your personal information.
Note that failure to provide your information further to a contractual requirement with us or a clinician may mean that we are unable to set you up as a patient or facilitate the provision of your healthcare on the Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic’s systems.
We provide further detail on these grounds in the sections below.
Appropriate Business Needs
One legal ground for processing personal data is where we do this in pursuit of legitimate interests and those interests are not overridden by your privacy rights. Where we refer to use for our appropriate business needs, we are relying on this legal ground.
Special categories of personal information include information about your:
- Sex life
- Sexual orientation
- Political opinions
- Religious or philosophical beliefs
Genetic or biometric information
The right to object to other uses of your personal data
You have a range of rights in respect of your personal data, as set out in detail below. This includes the right to object to the Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic using your personal information in a particular way (such as sharing that information with third parties), and we must stop using it in that way unless specific exceptions apply. This includes, for example, if it is necessary to defend a legal claim brought against us, or it is otherwise necessary for the purposes of your ongoing treatment.
Clinical Audit, Clinical Incidents, Quality Improvement and Patient Complaints
The Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic may process your personal data for the purposes of local clinical audit – i.e. an audit carried out by your direct care team for the purposes of assessing outcomes for patients and identifying improvements which could be made for the future. We are able to do so on the basis of a legitimate interest and the public interest in statistical and scientific research, and with appropriate safeguards in place.
You are, however, entitled to object to us using your personal data for this purpose, and as a result of which we would need to stop doing so. If you would like to raise such an objection then please contact our Data Protection Officer using the details provided.
From time to time, patients may raise queries, or even complaints, with The Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic and we take those communications very seriously. It is important that we resolve such matters fully and properly, and so we will need to use your personal information in order to do so.
In addition, other healthcare professionals or organisations may need to know about your treatment in order for them to provide you with safe and effective care, and so we may need to share your personal information with them. Further details on the third parties who may need access to your information is set out below.
As a provider of healthcare, we are subject to a wide range of legal and regulatory responsibilities which is not possible to list fully here. We may be required by law or by regulators to provide personal information, and in which case we will have a legal responsibility to do so. From time to time, the Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic and its clinicians are also the subject of legal actions or complaints. In order to fully investigate and respond to those actions, it is necessary to access your personal information (although only to the extent that it is necessary and relevant to the subject-matter).
We are also required by law to conduct audits of health records, including medical information, for quality assurance purposes. Your personal and medical information will be treated in accordance with guidance issued by the Care Quality Commission.
The Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic is a quality-conscious organisation, and always looking to learn from patients’ experiences in order to improve the experience for future patients. With that in mind, we will use your personal information to identify where such improvements can be made, such as reviewing recorded phone calls to assess whether anything can be learnt and contacting you to seek your valuable thoughts on the Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic experience.
Disclosures to third parties:
We may disclose your information to the third parties listed below for the purposes described in this Privacy Notice. This might include:
- A doctor, nurse, carer or any other healthcare professional involved in your treatment
- Other members of support staff involved in the delivery of your care, like receptionists and porters
- Anyone that you ask us to communicate with or provide as an emergency contact, for example your next of kin or carer
- NHS organisations, including NHS Resolution, NHS England, Department of Health
- Other private sector healthcare providers
- Your GP
- Your dentist
- Your clinician (including their medical secretaries)
- Third parties who assist in the administration of your healthcare, such as insurance companies
- Private Healthcare Information Network National and other professional research/audit programmes and registries, as detailed under purpose 4 above
- Government bodies, including the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and HMRC
- Our regulators, like the Care Quality Commission,
- The police and other third parties where reasonably necessary for the prevention or detection of crime
- Our insurers
- Debt collection agencies
- Credit referencing agencies
- Our third party services providers such as IT suppliers, actuaries, auditors, lawyers, marketing agencies, document management providers and tax advisers
- Selected third parties in connection with any sale, transfer or disposal of our business
We may communicate with these third parties in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, email, post, fax and telephone.
How long do we keep personal information for?
We will only keep your personal information for as long as reasonably necessary to fulfil the relevant purposes set out in this Privacy Notice and in order to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations.
If you would like further information regarding the periods for which your personal information will be stored, please contact our DPO for further details.
Under data protection law you have certain rights in relation to the personal information that we hold about you. These include rights to know what information we hold about you and how it is used. You may exercise these rights at any time by contacting us using the details set out above.
There will not usually be a charge for handling a request to exercise your rights.
If we cannot comply with your request to exercise your rights we will usually tell you why.
There are some special rules about how these rights apply to health information as set out in legislation including the Data Protection Act (current and future), the General Data Protection Regulation as well as any secondary legislation which regulates the use of personal information.
If you make a large number of requests or it is clear that it is not reasonable for us to comply with a request then we do not have to respond. Alternatively, we can charge for responding.
Your rights include:
The right to access your personal information
- You are entitled to a copy of the personal information we hold about you and details about how we use it.
- Your information will usually be provided to you in writing, unless otherwise requested. If you have made the request electronically (e.g. by email) the information will be provided to you by electronic means where possible.
- You are entitled to the following under data protection law.
Under Article 15(1) of the GDPR we must usually confirm whether we have personal information about you. If we do hold personal information about you we usually need to explain to you:
- The purposes for which we use your personal information
- The types of personal information we hold about you
- Who your personal information has been or will be shared with.
- Where possible, the length of time we expect to hold your personal information. If that is not possible, the criteria we use to determine how long we hold your information for
- If the personal data we hold about you was not provided by you, details of the source of the information
- Whether we make any decisions about you solely by computer and if so details of how those decisions are made and the impact they may have on you
- Your right to ask us to amend or delete your personal information
- Your right to ask us to restrict how your personal information is used or to object to our use of your personal information
- Your right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office
The right to rectification
We take reasonable steps to ensure that the information we hold about you is accurate and complete. However, if you do not believe this is the case, you can ask us to update or amend it.
The right to erasure (also known as the right to be forgotten)
We may update this Privacy Notice from time to time to ensure that it remains accurate, and the most up-to-date version can always be found here.
In the event that there are any material changes to the manner in which your personal information is to be used then we will provide you with an updated copy of this Privacy Notice.
In some circumstances, you have the right to request that we delete the personal information we hold about you. However, there are exceptions to this right and in certain circumstances we can refuse to delete the information in question. In particular, for example, we do not have to comply with your request if it is necessary to keep your information in order to perform tasks which are in the public interest, including public health, or for the purposes of establishing, exercise or defending legal claims.
The right to restriction of processing
In some circumstances, we must “pause” our use of your personal data if you ask us to. We do not have to comply with all requests to restrict our use of your personal information. In particular, for example, we do not have to comply with your request if it is necessary to keep your information in order to perform tasks which are in the public interest, including public health, or for the purposes of establishing, exercise or defending legal claims.
The right to data portability
In some circumstances, we must transfer personal information that you have provided to us to you or (if this is technically feasible another individual/ organisation of your choice. The information must be transferred in an electronic format.
The right to withdraw consent
In some cases we need your consent in order for our use of your personal information to comply with data protection legislation.
We have explained where we rely on your consent in this way. Where we do this, you have the right to withdraw your consent to further use of your personal information. You can do this by contacting the Windsor Foot & Ankle Clinic’s DPO whose details can be found in this notice.
The right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office
You can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office if you are unhappy with the way that we have dealt with a request from you to exercise any of these rights, or if you think we have not complied with our legal obligations.
More information can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website: https://ico.org.uk/
Making a complaint will not affect any other legal rights or remedies that you have.
Updates to this Privacy Notice
We may update this Privacy Notice from time to time to ensure that it remains accurate. In the event that these changes result in any material difference to the manner in which we process your personal data then we will provide you with an updated copy of the Policy.
This Privacy Notice was last updated in May 2018.