Data capture, handling, control and deletion
I will make notes after each therapy session. These are handwritten, kept in folders and securely locked away in my garden office at all times. Once you leave therapy I will keep these notes for a minimum of six years. In handling your personal information I adhere to the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.
From 25 May 2018 new data protection measures are being introduced across the EU (GDPR 2018). In line with GDPR protocols you have the right to know in detail how your personal data is used by me. I only share your data if you give me your consent to do so. I will only share it with a suitably qualified professional therapist or practitioner to whom you have asked me to refer you. However, I will share your data with appropriate agencies or people in the case of welfare/safeguarding issues that are governed by statutory obligations.
After six years I will securely destroy paper records by shredding them. I will securely delete electronic records. I will also securely destroy any device that I used to store you data once that device comes to the end of its useful life. By signing a contract document with me you give me permission to collect the personal data specified above. You can withdraw this consent at any time in writing, by letter or email. If you do this, I will securely destroy all of your data, except in cases where doing so would compromise any ongoing statutory process.
If you have any further questions about my data policy please do contact me.
You can also find more information and/or discuss any concerns about how I use your data by contacting the ICO.