Data Protection

Information, including personal and sensitive details, is essential for us to provide effective healthcare. We sometimes need to collect, store and share this information, but must always respect an individual’s right to privacy and to be informed about how the information is to be used.

The Data Protection Act 1998 was introduced to achieve a balance between the rights of individuals and the, sometimes competing, interests of those with legitimate reasons for using personal information. The Act applies to all types of personal information, whether on computer, other electric media, video tape or manual records, and includes both facts and opinions about the individual.

The Data Protection Act places legal obligations on those who collect, store and share information (data controllers), and gives rights to those who are the subject of that information (data subjects).

To explain how we use information and comply with the Data Protection Act, we have produced ‘Fair Processing Notices’, for patients and staff, they are available here.

To learn more about the Data Protection Act 1998, please see the
Information Commissioner’s Office website, or contact the Information Governance Team. The Data Protection Act is available on the Government’s Legislation Website Information’s website

5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office as a data controller (Registration Number: Z8591053).

Click here to view a leaflet about Protecting Yourself When Things Go Wrong.


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