Why I collect your personal data and what I do with it in accordance with the data protection laws enforced in May 2018.

As a psychotherapist, counsellor, hypnotherapist and personal coach working out of Equilibrium Holistic Health I am bound to Equilibriums data privacy policy which is stated below.
When you supply your personal details to this clinic they are stored and processed for 4 reasons:
1. We need to collect personal information about your health in order to provide you with the best possible treatment.  Your requesting treatment and our agreement to provide that care constitutes a contract.  You can, of course, refuse to provide the information, but if you were to do that we would not be able to provide treatment.
2. We have a “Legitimate Interest” in collecting that information, because without it we couldn’t do our job effectively and safely. 
3. We also think that it is important that we can contact you in order to confirm your appointments with us or to update you on matters related to your medical care.  This again constitutes “Legitimate Interest”, but this time it is your legitimate interest.
4. Provided we have your consent, we may occasionally send you general health information in the form of articles, advice or newsletters.  You may withdraw this consent at any time – just let us know by any convenient method.
We have a legal obligation to retain your records for 8 years after your most recent appointment (or age 25, if this is longer), but after this period you can ask us to delete your records if you wish.  Our policy is to destroy records annually that are over 8 years from the last visit. 
Your records are stored:

  • on paper, in locked filing cabinets, and the offices are always locked and alarmed out of working hours.

  • electronically (“in the cloud”), using a specialist medical records service.  This provider has given us their assurances that they are fully compliant with the General Data Protection Regulations.  Access to this data is password protected, and the passwords are changed regularly.

  • on our office computers.  These are password-protected, backed up regularly, and the office(s) are locked and alarmed out of working hours.

  •  on occasion, we will write letters or reports on our home computers. These will be transferred to the secure medical record software as soon as possible, then deleted from the home computer (which is password protected)

We will never share your data with anyone who does not need access without your written consent.  Only the following people/agencies will have routine access to your data:
• The medical records service who store and process our files • Your practitioner(s) in order that they can provide you with treatment • Our reception staff, because they organise our practitioners’ diaries, and coordinate appointments and reminders (but they do not have access to sensitive personal information) • Other administrative staff, such as our bookkeeper.  Again, administrative staff will not have access to your medical notes, just your essential contact details. • We use a service called care response to collect outcome data – to measure how effective your care has been, but you can opt out of this at any time• We also use hotmail to coordinate our emails, so your name and email address may be saved on their server.
From time to time, we may have to employ consultants to perform tasks which might give them access to your personal data (but not your medical notes).  We will ensure that they are fully aware that they must treat that information as confidential, and we will ensure that they sign a non-disclosure agreement.
You have the right to see what personal data of yours we hold, and you can also ask us to correct any factual errors.  Provided the legal minimum period has elapsed, you can also ask us to erase your records.
We want you to be absolutely confident that we are treating your personal data responsibly, and that we are doing everything we can to make sure that the only people who can access that data have a genuine need to do so. 
Of course, if you feel that we are mishandling your personal data in some way, you have the right to complain.  Complaints need to be sent to what is referred to in the jargon as the “Data Controller”.  Here are the details you need for that:
Angela Terris
Equilibrium Reception: 01283 480555
Direct to Angela: 07790339090
Equilibrium Holistic Health
98 Station Street, Burton on Trent, Staffs, DE14 1BT
If you are not satisfied with our response, then you have the right to raise the matter with the Information Commissioner’s Office.