What is information governance?

Information Governance (IG) is about how we look after your information.  It ensures necessary safeguards for, and appropriate use of, personal information to ensure that we handle it carefully, securely and confidentially.

The confidentiality and security of your information is very important to us. We take the utmost care when handling your personal and confidential information and ensure that we have appropriate organisational and technical security measures in place to prevent unauthorised access, accidental damage, destruction or loss.

To help with this, we have appointed a Caldicott Guardian, a senior person who is responsible for protecting the confidentiality of patient and other service user information, and enabling appropriate information sharing.  The Virgin Care Caldicott Guardian is our Clinical Director.  He is supported by the ‘Caldicott Function’ which is comprised of the IG Team and deputy Caldicott Guardians based out in our services. The Caldicott Function has responsibility to champion patient confidentiality and support staff in making decisions about how your information is handled.

Your health and care records

We have a legal and ethical duty to keep your health and social care records confidential Our staff and volunteers across all our services are required to comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act, the General Data Protection Regulation and the NHS Confidentiality Code of Practice.

Your health and care records are generally held in electronic format and hold personal information about you such as your name, address, telephone numbers, date of birth, next of kin, GP practice

To ensure that you receive the best possible care, your record will also contain more sensitive information and reports about your health and care including details of any support, appointments, illness, tests and other treatments and/or care you receive

When you attend an appointment, the health and care professionals who see you will add notes to the record based on their professional opinion. Where possible this will be discussed with you at the appointment

Some information about you may be held in paper format until they are added to your record.  These could be your registration form, referrals, reports, results and notes.

How will we use your health and care record?

  • Your personal health record, including your name, address and date of birth, will be used to make sure that decisions about your care and treatment are always based on accurate up-to-date information
  • Where your information is part of an integrated care records, there will be detailed information about how your record is shared, the protection around it and how you can change your preferences and/or opt out.
  • To make sure you receive all of the care and treatment you need, we may need to obtain or share the information in your health and care record with other staff and organisations. This could include your GP, pathology laboratories, sexual health test and radiology services.
  • Sometimes we will share information with your employer but only if you consent to this. We will inform you when we do this and you have the opportunity to see any reports before they are shared.
  • We may use your information to investigate and respond to incidents, claims, complaints and feedback
  • We remove your name and other details that could identify you, so that we can use the information in your health records anonymously to:
  • Monitor and improve the quality of care received by our clients
  • Protect the health of the general public
  • Make sure that the treatments and services we provide are meeting the needs of our clients
  • Train and educate staff
  • Records may be shared without in exceptional situations, such as:
  • When a serious crime has been committed
  • If there is a serious risk to the public or our colleagues
  • To protect children or vulnerable adults who are unable to decide whether their information should be shared

Keeping your own information secure and up to date

  • Please ensure that you inform us if you change your name, address, GP or contact details so we can maintain accurate records

Access to your information and your rights

Data Protection law provides rights for individual. One of these is the right of access to information held about you. One of these is the right of access to information held about you.

 If you would like a copy of your health and care records, you or your representative, will need to contact us using one of the below methods with your details. We ask that you provide as much detail as possible such as: 

  • your full name and current address;
  • contact email and phone numbers;
  • any previous names;
  • date of birth;
  • location, dates or periods that you were receiving care;
  • proof of identity.

Proof of identity should be two official documents which show your date of birth, name and current address on it (separately or when combined) such as a current drivers licence, current passport, utility bill, council tax bill etc. Please do not send original documents, good quality copies are adequate if you are uploading using the online form or sending by post – note we will not return these but will temporarily store then permanently and securely dispose.

If you wish, you can appoint someone you trust to act on your behalf.  If you are applying to see someone else’s records you will need to enclose their signed permission or other legal documentation such as Parental rights or Power of Attorney to confirm their request.

Once we have the information we need from you we log it on our secure portal and will respond to you within one month unless your request is complex and/or numerous and we need more time. If this is the case, we will contact you further and provide you with a timescale. The extension will be no more than 2 months.

How to apply for a copy of your records

You can apply online: 

The most secure method is to use our Data Subject Rights Portal where we can communicate directly with you and disclose your information from.  Please click on the relevant service link below to launch the portal.

 ANCHOR CENTRE
 BATH AND NORTH EAST SOMERSET COMMUNITY HEALTH AND CARE
 BROAD LANE
 SEXUAL HEALTH – BURY
 CAULDWELL MEDICAL CENTRE
 CHURCH LANE MEDICAL CENTRE
 CITY OF COVENTRY NHS HEALTHCARE CENTRE
 COVENTRY NHS WALK
 DEVON INTEGRATED CHILDREN’S SERVICE
 EAST STAFFORDSHIRE IMPROVING LIVES
 ESSEX CHILD AND FAMILY WELLBEING
 HMP BURE
 HMP NORWICH
 HMP WAYLAND
 NORTH KENT ADULT COMMUNITY SERVICE
 DERMATOLOGY
 LUTON INTERMEDIATE & REHABILIATION CARE
 LUTON MSK
 LYME REGIS MEDICAL CENTRE
 MEADOW DALE GROUP PRACTICE
 MERIDIAN PRACTICE
 SEXUAL HEALTH
 SEXUAL HEALTH
 DERMATOLOGY
 PRESTON AND CHORLEY MSK
 PENINSULA (ENT, NERVE CINDUCTION, ORTHAPAEDIC, PHYSIO, PODIATRY, RHEUMATOLOGY, DERMATOLOGY)
 PURFLEET CARE CENTRE
 RANDOLPH PRACTICE
 READING WALK IN CENTRE
 SEXUAL HEALTH – ROCHDALE
 SILVER END MEDICAL PRACTICE
 ST LUKES HEALTH CENTRE
 SUMMERFIELD ATTWOOD GREEN AND GP AND URGENT CARE CENTRE
 SURREY COMMUNITY HEALTH
 SUTHERLAND LODGE SURGERY
 SEXUAL HEALTH
 WEST LANCASHIRE ADULT COMMUNITY SERVICES
 WARREN FARM URGENT CARE CENTRE
WASHWOOD HEATH UCC
WILTSHIRE CHILDREN’S COMMUNITY SERVICE

 

Apply directly to the team caring for you

Apply to the Information Governance Team

Email: information.governance@virgincare.co.uk

Tel:     01928 242942

Post:   FAO Head of Information Governance & Data Protection Officer, Virgin Care

6600 Daresbury Business Park

Warrington

WA4 4GE

You can find out more about your other rights, the legal basis for using your information and how we protect your data by visiting our Privacy Policy, requesting a hard copy, speaking with your care team or contacting the Data Protection Officer.

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