Privacy and confidentiality
We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.
Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998) and the information set out in this privacy statement.
We are always looking at ways we can improve our website and may change this policy from time to time by updating our privacy pages.
Accessing your own information
For further information please contact the Information Governance Manager on 020 3513 6184
Information Governance Manager
Your health records and you
You can also request a printed copy by contacting our Communications Team on 020 3513 6006.
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
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Accessing your own information
For further information please contact the Information Governance Manager on 020 3513 6184. or Write to:
Information Governance Manager
South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998) and the information set out in this privacy statement.
We are always looking at ways we can improve our website and may change this policy from time to time by updating this page.
What we collect
- Analytical tools - South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust uses Google Analytics to help improve its website and make sure that visitor's to the site get access to the information they need. Google Analytics is a free service provided by Google Inc. Google Analytics uses a cookie in order to capture anonymous traffic data on visitor activity across the Trust website. This data is provided in an anonymous format, detailing the number of times a visitor browses individual pages on the Trust website, where the visitor is based geographically (country or city), and from what ipaddress the visitor's computer device is associated to. Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the U.S and may be accessed by third parties if required to do so by law, or where third parties process information on behalf of Google. Google does not associate your IP address with your data. If you do not wish South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust to track your activity anonymously on this website, you can disable cookies in your browser which will stop the tracking code. For more information on disabling cookies in your web browser please visit: http://www.aboutcookies.org/default.aspx?page=2
- Online form submission - This website also contains forms that require personal information. When these forms are submitted they send the inputted data to a script that is processed and sent to a designated email within South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust. We never share or distribute your data with other parties and you can expect the same confidentiality as you would if sharing this information with us in person.
- Social networking sites - The Trust operates a Facebook page accessible via the Trust website and directly from www.facebook.com/swlstg. User information collected on Facebook is used only for analytical purposes and to promote activities and news from across the Trust and the services it provides. The Trust does not collect or share any personal data or information directly from Facebook users. If users of the Trust Facebook page are concerned about their privacy, they should refer to Facebook's own privacy statement available directly from www.facebook.com/about/privacy/
- Links to other websites - The Trust website may contain links to other websites or documents of interest. Once you have clicked on these links to leave the Trust website, you should note that the Trust is not responsible for the content, protection or privacy relating any external websites, to that of the Trust. If you are concerned you should look at the privacy statement applicable to the website you are viewing.
Further information and help
For more information on Cookies and Google Analytics please see the links provided below.
Compromise agreements and whistle blowing
The Trust has reviewed any agreements it has made with staff over the last five years and can confirm that no clauses have been included in compromise agreements since 2008, which would have prevented employees or former employees from raising legitimate concerns about patient safety.
The Trust supports staff and others who bring forward concerns about safety and quality in its bid to continuously improve the services it offers to patients,their carers and families.
The Trust also has a whistle blowing policy in place. Staff can also approach the Trust's Senior Independent Director (SID) (who is a non-executive member of the Board) if they have concerns.
Jean Daintith is a Non-Executive Director and our current SID. Jean is Chair of the Quality and Safety Assurance Committee, Member of the Audit Committee, Member of the Foundation Trust Steering Committee and Member of the Remuneration Committee. You can contact Jean by emailing Jean.Daintith@swlstg-tr.nhs.uk.
Accessible Information Standard
Since 1st August 2016, all NHS organisations have been legally required to follow the Accessible Information Standard (AIS).
The standard aims to make sure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss are provided with information that they can easily read or understand and with support so they can communicate effectively with health and social care services.
In the spirit of the AIS, The Trust is committed towards meeting the information and communication support needs of disabled people, improving outcomes and experiences and providing safer and more personalised care and services.