Privacy Notice (GDPR)
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIS) collects information with the purpose of improving health and care for everyone. The information collected may be used for:
- Working out what care services are needed – and where and when
- Planning for health emergencies such as epidemics
- Helping to improve medicines and treatments
- Finding better ways to prevent illness and treat conditions
- Calculating how much GPs and other providers are to be paid
NHS Digital is a data controller and has a legal duty, in line with the Data Protection Act 1998, to explain why it is using patient data and what data is being used. Similarly, New Seaham Medical Group has a duty to advise patients of the purpose of personal data and the methods by which patient personal data will be processed.
The practice aims to design and implement policies and procedures that meet the diverse needs of our service and workforce, ensuring that none are placed at a disadvantage over others, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. Consideration has been given to the impact this policy might have in regard to the individual protected characteristics of those to whom it applies.
This document and any procedures contained within it are non-contractual and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. For the avoidance of doubt, it does not form part of your contract of employment.
TRAINING AND SUPPORT
The practice will provide guidance and support to help those to whom it applies understand their rights and responsibilities under this policy. Additional support will be provided to managers and supervisors to enable them to deal more effectively with matters arising from this policy.
WHO IT APPLIES TO
This document applies to all employees, partners and directors of the practice. Other individuals performing functions in relation to the practice, such as agency workers, locums and contractors, are encouraged to use it.
WHY AND HOW IT APPLIES TO THEM
Everyone should be aware of the practice privacy notice and be able to advise patients, their relatives and carers what information is collected, how that information may be used and with whom the practice will share that information.
The first principle of data protection is that personal data must be processed fairly and lawfully. Being transparent and providing accessible information to patients about how their personal data is used is a key element of the Data Protection Act 1998.
Please download the FULL document: Privacy Notice Practice 1.1