What happens to my personal data?
In order to do my job effectively and safely, I make brief notes during sessions. I might collect information about your current and previous psychological and physical health, and your current and previous social and family circumstances. We may use
mood screening questionnaires. I also have a record of your contact details and payments.
I keep your personal information in electronic records using your initials as identifiers. This information is stored on computer devices using encryption and password protected systems. Your identifying personal information i.e. name and address are kept separately from your notes. I keep your personal information and the record of our work together for seven years. I then erase your records.
It is possible that your personal information may be requested by a Court of Law, Coroner’s Office or Professional Body in which circumstances you may have limited or no rights of refusal.
You have the right to request a copy of the information that I hold about you. If you would like a copy of some or all of your personal information, please email me c/o [email protected] I want to make sure that your personal information is accurate and up to date. You may ask me to correct or remove information you think is inaccurate. You have the right to ask me to erase the personal information I hold about you. I can refuse the request if your personal information is needed in the defence or exercise of legal claims, or I believe there is an overriding legitimate interest to retain your information.
You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioners Office without prejudice about the processing of your personal data. www.ico.org.uk.
We are compliant with GDPR, the Data Protection Act and guidance from the Information Commissioners Office.