This privacy notice explains what to expect when South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust collect and processes your personal information.
The Trust will do its utmost to ensure that it keeps your personal information accurate and secure at all times and is committed in its duty to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, as well as your rights to confidentiality and respect for privacy.
The Trust will only use the information it holds about you for the purpose(s) for which it was collected, primarily mental healthcare administration and services, including research, and in the case of its employees, staff administration. We must declare publicly all these purposes. The full list can be found here - ICO Register Entry Report- and is also published on the Information Commissioner's website
The Trust will only collect the minimum information necessary to fulfill that purpose. When there is no need to keep information about you, it will be disposed of in a secure manner.
At the time of collecting your information, the Trust will inform you for what purpose the information is required, what it will be used for and with whom it may be shared.
Sometimes the Trust is required by law to share personal information without your consent, for example:
- to investigate or prevent a serious crime
- if withholding information could endanger someone's life
- if a child or vulnerable adult is potentially at risk
- when the Trust is ordered to by a court of law
For all other purposes the Trust will only share your information with another organisation with your consent. The Trust will seek to ensure that your personal data is always used appropriately, fairly and lawfully.
Mental Health Community Survey
In order to improve the quality of service we provide to service users, the Trust commissions an annual Mental Health Community Survey from a company called Quality Health. We provide them with contact details in order to send out survey questionnaires on our behalf and have an agreement that ensures compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
National Fraud Initiativ
The Trust is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds to prevent and detect fraud.
Accessing your own information
You have a legal right to request sight of your personal information under Section 7 of the Data Protection Act.
For further information please contact the Information Governance Manager on 020 3513 6184. or
Information Governance Manager
South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
Springfield University Hospital
61 Glenburnie Road
London SW17 7DJ