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Monday 19 August 2019
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Data Security & Protection

Derbyshire Healthcare is committed to ensuring that the confidential information of the people it serves remains safe at all times. Therefore you can be assured that at all times when we will work with your personal data it will be within the legal remit of the GDPR (as enacted by the Data Protection Act 2018), the NHS common law duty of Confidentiality and the Human Rights Act 1998. 

This means that when the Trust accesses your medical information it will only do with a valid legal reason and may share the information in an appropriate way, and with a valid legal reason. In addition, sometimes the Trust may use data it holds about patients for other purposes. These include: 

  • reviewing and improving the quality of care provided

  • researching what treatments work best 

  • commissioning clinical services.

In all of these cases, the confidentiality of patients is protected by removing any identifiable information. These secondary uses of data are essential if we are to run a safe, efficient, and equitable health service.

Your Information, Your Rights

In order for you to receive the best possible care from Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, we process information on all service users. In order to do so we must comply with the Data Protection Act 2018. The data held must only be used for specific purposes allowed by law.  The Your Information, Your Rights leaflet gives a brief guide on:

  • what information we collect about you and why it is held
  • how we record your information
  • how we keep your information safe
  • how and when we share your information
  • how you can access your records
  • how to obtain further information.

Alongside the ‘Your Information, Your Rights’ information leaflet, the Trust has a Privacy Policy which also details how we process your personal data.  

Trust remains top for confidentiality

During 2017/18 the Trust maintained its compliance with data security & protection best practice. We achieved a score of 98% through the NHS’s national IG self-assessment toolkit, which keeps us at the forefront of our category for the fourth consecutive year and maintained our overall rating of satisfactory. We are the best performing mental health trust in the UK on matters of data security. Read more about this story in the Latest News section.

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