The Treatment Room is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.
The Treatment Room understands that your personal data is entrusted to us and appreciates the importance of protecting and respecting your privacy. To this end, we comply fully with the data protection law in force in the UK and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and with all applicable clinical confidentiality guidelines.
The rules on processing of personal data are set out in the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).
Data controller - A controller determines the purposes and means of processing personal data.
Data processor - A processor is responsible for processing personal data on behalf of a controller.
Data subject – Natural person
Categories of data: Personal data and special categories of personal data
Personal data - The GDPR applies to ‘personal data’ meaning any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified in particular by reference to an identifier (as explained in Article 6 of GDPR). For example, name, passport number, home address or private email address. Online identifiers include IP addresses and cookies.
Special categories personal data - The GDPR refers to sensitive personal data as ‘special categories of personal data’ (as explained in Article 9 of GDPR). The special categories specifically include genetic data and biometric data where processed to uniquely identify an individual. Other examples include racial and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health data, trade union membership, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs.
Processing - means any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data or on sets of personal data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organisation, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction.
Third-party - means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or body other than the data subject, controller, processor and persons who, under the direct authority of the controller or processor, are authorised to process personal data.
1. Who are we?
The data controller is The Treatment Room. This means we decide how your personal data is processed and for what purposes. Our registered address is: Scarborough Rugby Club, Scalby Road Scarbrough YO130NL. When we refer to ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our’, we mean The Treatment Room. For all data matters contact Louise Child at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. The purpose(s) and legal reasons for processing your personal data
We may use your personal data for the following purposes:
- enable us to carry out our obligations to you arising from any contract entered into between you and us including relating to the provision by us of services or treatments to you and related matter such as, billing, accounting and audit. This may also include taking steps at the request of the Data Subject (you, the patient) with a view of entering into a contract.
- to send you appointment reminders
- provide you with information, products or services that you request from us
- to comply with legal obligations in regard to record keeping. We may hold your records longer to maintain our financial records accurately.
- provide you with information about products or services we offer that we feel may interest you. If you have consented to receive marketing communications by electronic means from us, by ticking the relevant box on the form on which we collect your data, we will only contact you by electronic means (e-mail or SMS) with information about products and services similar to those which you previously purchased or enquired about from us
- notify you about changes to our products or services by means of legitimate interest
- respond to requests where we have a legal or regulatory obligation to do so
- check the accuracy of information about you and the quality of your treatment or care, including auditing medical and billing information for insurance claims as well as part of any claims or litigation process
- passess the quality and/or type of care you have received (including giving you the opportunity to complete customer satisfaction surveys) and any concerns or complaints you may raise, so that these can be properly investigated
- support continuing professional development within our team. We may present your medical case history for case review or peer support, but we will omit details including name, address and others so that you are unidentifiable.
- to conduct and analyse market research
- to ensure that content from any of our websites is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
3. What categories of personal data we may collect from you?
Accordingly, we may hold and use personal data about you as a customer, a patient or in any other capacity, for example, when you visit one of our websites, complete a form, access our services or speak to us. Depending on what services you receive from us this may include sensitive personal data such as information relating to your health.
With reference to the categories of personal data described in the definitions section we process the following categories of your data:
- information that you give us when you enquire or become a customer or patient of us or apply for a job with us including name, address, contact details (including email address and phone number)
- the name and contact details (including phone number) of your next of kin or emergency contact details
- details of referrals, quotes and other contact and correspondence we may have had with you
- details of services and/or treatment you have received from us or which have been received from a third party and referred on to us
- information obtained from customer surveys, promotions and competitions that you have entered or taken part in
- notes and reports about your health and any treatment and care you have received and/or need, including about clinic and hospital visits and medicines administered
- patient feedback and treatment outcome information you provide
- information about complaints and incidents
- information you give us when you make a payment to us. We do not store any payment card details.
- other information received from other sources, including from your use of websites and other digital platforms we operate or the other services we provide, information from business partners, advertising networks, analytics providers, or information provided by other companies or health care providers who have obtained your permission to share information about you.
When do we collect personal data about you?
We may collect personal data about you if you:
- enquire about any of our services or treatments
- register to be a customer or patient with us or book to receive any of our services or treatments
- fill in a form or survey for us
- contact us, for example by email, telephone or social media
- attend for assessment or treatment
What personal data we may receive from third parties and other sources?
We may collect personal data about you from third parties such as:
- If you are an employee of one of our corporate clients who has taken up one of our services, we may be passed your name, contact number, email address, medical information in order to get in touch with you to arrange an appointment or collect further information from you;
- We work closely with the NHS and other private hospitals and health professionals and for the continuity of your care we may request or be passed medical information possibly in the form of a referral for the purposes of your treatment; medical history including medicine history; investigation results
- The Treatment Room use the services of independent health and fitness professionals and they may need to share your personal data and medical records with The Treatment Room
- Insurance providers and Intermediary companies will pass The Treatment Room personal data of patients who have commenced a claim and require medical/Physiotherapy treatment with The Treatment Room. This will normally be in the form of a referral and may consist of basic details e.g. full name, date of birth, address, contact number and email address and area of pain or problems and the type of treatment they require.
How do we use your personal data?
Sensitive personal data related to your health will only be disclosed to those involved with your treatment or care, or in accordance with UK laws and guidelines of our professional bodies or for the purpose of clinical audits (unless you object). Further details on how we use health-related personal data are given below. We will only use your sensitive personal data for the purposes for which you have given us your explicit consent to use it. Please note that, although we have set out the purposes for which we may use your personal data below, we will not use your sensitive personal data for those purposes unless you have given us your explicit consent to do so.
Sharing your personal data
This may include the following:
- organisations providing IT systems support and hosting in relation to the IT systems on which your information is stored,
- any person or organisation who may be responsible for meeting your treatment expenses or their agents.
- External service providers and regulatory bodies (unless you object) for the purpose of clinical audit to ensure the highest standards of care and record keeping are maintained.
- third party debt collectors for the purposes of debt collection,
- third party service providers for the purposes of storage of information and confidential destruction, third party marketing companies for the purpose of sending marketing emails, subject to obtaining appropriate consent.
Where a third party data processor is used, we ensure that they operate under contractual restrictions with regard to confidentiality and security, in addition to their obligations under Data Protection Laws.
We may also disclose your personal data to third parties in the event that we sell or buy any business or assets or where we are required by law to do so.
External practitioners: If we refer you externally for treatment, we will share with the person or organisation that we refer you to, the clinical and administrative information we consider necessary for that referral. It will always be clear when we do this and you will be asked for verbal consent in those circumstances.
Your GP: If the practitioners treating you believe it to be clinically advisable, we may also share information about your treatment with your GP. You can ask us not to do this, in which case we will respect that request if we are legally permitted to do so, but you should be aware that it can be potentially very dangerous and/or detrimental to your health to deny your GP full information about your medical history.
Your insurer: We share with your medical insurer information about your treatment, its clinical necessity, and its cost, only if they are paying for all or part of your treatment with us. We provide only the information to which they are entitled. If you raise a complaint or a claim we may be required to share personal data with your medical insurer for the purposes of investigating any complaint/claim. In some circumstance, you may be asked to complete consent forms for this purpose.
Your insurer: We share with your medical insurer information about your treatment, its clinical necessity, and its cost, only if they are paying for all or part of your treatment with us. We provide only the information to which they are entitled. If you raise a complaint or a claim we may be required to share personal data with your medical insurer for the purposes of investigating any complaint/claim. In some circumstances, you may be asked to complete consent forms for this purpose.
Medical regulators: We may be requested – and in some cases can be required - to share certain information (including personal data and sensitive personal data) about you and your care with medical regulators such as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, for example if you make a complaint, or the conduct of a medical professional involved in your treatment is alleged to have fallen below the appropriate standards and the regulator wishes to investigate. We will ensure that we do so within the framework of the law and with due respect for your privacy.
From time to time we may also make information available on the basis of necessity for the provision of healthcare but subject always to patient confidentiality.
In an emergency and if you are incapacitated, we may also process your personal data (including sensitive personal data) or make personal data available to third parties on the basis of protecting your ‘vital interest’ (i.e. your life or your health).
We will use your personal data in order to monitor the outcome of your treatment by us and any treatment associated with your care, including any NHS treatment.
We sometimes participate in national audits and initiatives to help ensure that patients are getting the best possible outcomes from their treatment and care. The highest standards of confidentiality will be applied to your personal data in accordance with Data Protection Laws and confidentiality. Any publishing of this data will be in anonymised, statistical form. Anonymous or aggregated data may be used by us, or disclosed to others, for research or statistical purposes.
We are also asked by Insurers or Intermediary companies to provided them with statistics for example, about the average number of treatments or outcome measures or patient satisfaction survey data. This information has no identifying subject data attached to it and all information is anonymised.
How long do we keep your personal data?
Any personal data you provide will be held for as long as is necessary having regard to the purpose for which it was collected and in accordance with all applicable UK laws. We will retain your medical notes and contact details indefinitely for the purposes of any possible litigation or legal claims/complaints and to maintain our financial history and records accurately.
The security of your personal data
We protect all personal data we hold about you by ensuring that we have appropriate organisational and technical security measures in place to prevent unauthorised access or unlawful processing of personal data and to prevent personal data being lost, destroyed or damaged. We conduct assessments to ensure the ongoing security of our information systems.
All information you provide to us is stored securely.
The transmission of information via the internet cannot be guaranteed as completely secure. However, we ensure that any information transferred via our websites is via an encrypted connection. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features for the prevention of unauthorised access.
At your request, we may occasionally transfer personal information to you via email, or you may choose to transfer information to us via email. Email is not a secure method of information transmission; if you choose to send or receive such information via email, you do so at your own risk.
Providing us with your personal data
You are under no statutory or contractual requirement or obligation to provide us with your personal data. But failure to do so will mean that we are unable to enter a contract with you as we are not able to comply with Chartered Society of Physiotherapy guidelines. Other health professionals will likewise be unable to get an accurate history and therefore will be unable to provide their services with your health and safety in mind.
Your rights and your personal data
Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:
- The right to request a copy of the personal data which we hold about you;
- The right to request that we correct any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
- The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary to retain such data;
- The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time, where consent was your lawful basis for processing the data;
- The right to request that we provide you with your personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable i.e. where the processing is based on consent or is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject and where the data controller processes the data by automated means);
- The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
- The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable i.e. where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority); direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics).
Transfer of Data Abroad
Personal data that we collect from you is never transferred abroad
Automated Decision Making
WE DO NOT USE ANY FORM OF AUTOMATED DECISION MAKING IN OUR BUSINESS.
If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Privacy Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions.