Privacy Policy

Section A

Information

Data held by Steph McGee Hypnotherapy will be held lawfully and for the retention periods set out in section B of this policy document.

This document refers to:

  • Written Documents
  • Spreadsheets
  • Hardcopy case notes and files
  • Database entries
  • Images
  • Recordings
  • Emails
  • Text messages
  • Supervision notes
  • Visits to the organisations website
  • Social media communication

Aims & Purpose

The purpose of this document is to ensure that Steph McGee Hypnotherapy has a framework that ensures the rights and freedom of individuals in relation to their personal data (Article 1) and adheres to best practice in the management of client information and business records.

Information Governance sets out the way in which information collated by an organisation is managed and ensures that any information collected;

  • is the right information
  • is in the right place
  • at the right time
  • with the right people
  • for the right reasons

This is a live document and may be updated at any time to reflect changes in law or growth of the business, and therefore should be revisited regularly to check for any updates.Steph McGee Hypnotherapy is fully committed to ensuring clients privacy and data protection rights.

For the purpose of this policy Steph McGee is the named Data Protection Officer/Controller and Head of Organisation.

    Information Governance Framework Principles for Steph McGee Hypnotherapy

    1.Assessment needs for Information Governance (IG) Training have been identified and fully met, with a 75 minute GDPR CPD Course provided by the Clinical Hypnotherapy School (www.clinicalhypnotherapyschool.com) completed. Refresher training is completed every two years.

    2.Any changes to the business processes and/or operations will be planned and will comply with the framework to ensure any risks to personal and sensitive information are minimised.

    3.Any data collected is solely for the purpose of providing a person-centred service to an individual client.

    4.The Caldicott Principles are used to provide guidance in best practice when handling personal data, alongside the ICO’s Office Codes of Practice. (https://www.igt.hscic.gov.uk/Caldicott2Principles.aspx)

    5.All technology used to store or facilitate information and communication is maintained according to the Data Retention Policy for Steph McGee Hypnotherapy.

    6.All records are identifiable, locatable, retrievable, and intelligible according to regulations set out by GDPR.

    7.It is the responsibility of the Data Controller to ensure sufficient resources are in place to prioritise adhering to Data Protection Legislation in the business.

    9.Any electronic devices where personal or sensitive, confidential information is held will be password protected.

    10.Procedures have been put in place to ensure the General Data Protection Regulations are met. These can be found in Section C.

    Section B

    Information

    In accordance with this data retention schedule there may be occasions when data is not destroyed due to ongoing investigation, ligation or enquiry. The data will be deleted upon confirmation that it is no longer required.  

    On some occasions anonymised personal data will be retained whereby a client has provided a testimonial for use on the organisations website and or social media & marketing puroses. When data is non-identifiable GDPR law is no longer applicable. [Non-identifiable means that if this data was left on a bus, no one, including the data subject would be able to identify that this data was relating to them.]  

    • Personal information is collated and stored in hardcopy in a locked container behind a locked door.
    • Any document containing personal data will now state “Private and confidential”.
    • All emails will contain a privacy statement.  

    Under the General Data Protection and Retention (2018) legislation, regarding how your personal data is processed, all individuals have; 

    • the right to be informed;
    • the right of access;
    • the right to rectification;
    • the right to erasure;
    • the right to restrict processing;
    • the right to data portability;
    • the right to object; and
    • the right not to be subject to automated decision-making including profiling. 

    Please note that Steph McGee Hypnotherapy does not use automated decision-making tools, including profiling.  

    If any information held is noted to be incorrect an individual can request a correction be made to their own personal information.If you wish for your data to be provided to another service provider, you may also request this in writing.  

     Website visitor  

    When an individual visits www.stephmcgeehypnotherapy.com, I use Google analytics who are considered a third party service, to collect information about what visitors do when they click on my website, e.g. which page they visit the most. Google analytics only collect non-identifiable data which means that neither of us can identify who is visiting. Steph McGee Hypnotherapy will always be transparent when it comes to collecting personal data and will be clear about how that data is processed. Google analytics privacy notice can be found here: https://policies.google.com/privacy/update?hl=en  

    Social Media 

    Steph McGee Hypnotherapy uses various social media including Facebook, Facebook messenger, Twitter, Instagram & WhatsApp. Any messages sent to the inbox of social media accounts are stored on them and permanently deleted after six months. With the occasional exception of client testimonials in which case I shall request that you to email it to me for long term storage. See individual providers for their Privacy notices.   

    Payment Media 

    Steph McGee Hypnotherapy uses various social media including Facebook, Facebook messenger, Twitter, Instagram & WhatsApp. Any messages sent to the inbox of social media accounts are stored on them and permanently deleted after six months. With the occasional exception of client testimonials in which case I shall request that you to email it to me for long term storage. See individual providers for their Privacy notices. 

    Payment

    Payments can be made by cash, cheque or online. Steph McGee Hypnotherapy uses Stripe for online payments. Their privacy policy regarding your data can be found here https://stripe.com/gb/privacy

     

     

    Section B

    Retention Schedule

    Information Asset

    Information Owner Asset

    Retention

    Trigger for Disposal

    Email (including sent items)

    Head of organisation

    Annual review period every January, any remaining live data untouched until following review period.

    End of retention period

    Contact details held on mobile devices

    Head of organisation

    All entries to be deleted prior to decommissioning of mobile device or reissue of device

    End of retention period

    Recordings

    Head of organisation

    5 years or earlier if consent is withdrawn

    End of retention period

    Images taken

    Head of organisation

    5 years or earlier if consent is withdrawn

    End of retention period

    Promotional materials 


    Head of organisation

    Until superseded – Consent to be rechecked prior to reissue

    End of retention period

    Paper Diaries

    Head of organisation

    3 months from the period in which its use ends. (If you do not record your appointment details anywhere else you will need to hold your paper diaries in line with HMRC retention instructions)

    End of retention period

    Policies

    Head of organisation

    Until new policy has been put into place

    End of retention period

    Client records including session notes, initial consultation notes and client overview form

    Head of organisation

    In accordance with CNHC regulation, 8 years after final treatment session has ended. Child records should be held until after 25thbirthday, or 26thbirthday if aged 17 when treatment ends.

    End of retention period

    Safeguarding records

    Head of organisation

    In accordance with the current organisations insurance policy, 5 years after final treatment session has ended, unless superseded by new insurance policy.

    End of retention period

    Sat Nav records

    Head of organisation

    All entries to be deleted prior to decommissioning of mobile device or reissue of device

    End of retention period

    Waiting lists

    Head of organisation

    Annual review period every January, old waiting list destroyed and new waiting list developed with any remaining live data transferred to new live document.

    End of retention period

    Continual Professional Development Records

    Head of organisation

    To be retained when worker is in service and until 8 years afterwards.

    End of retention period

    Worker supervision records

    Head of organisation and workers supervisor

    To be retained when worker is in service and until 8 years afterwards.

    End of retention period

    Service evaluation records

    Head of organisation

    Transfer to anonymised data within 6 months of collection.

    End of retention period

    Tax returns

    Head of organisation

    6 years from the end of the financial period to which they pertain to.

    End of retention period

    Incident/Accident reports

    Head of organisation

    40 years from date report was closed

    End of retention period

    Insurance policies

    Head of organisation

    40 years from date policy ended.

    End of retention period

    Complaints

    Head of organisation

    2 years from complaint being resolved

    End of retention period

    Right to Erasure Request

    Head of Organisation

    8 years from request being submitted and completed.

    End of retention period

    Subject Access Request

    Head of organisation

    8 years alongside session notes, or plus 2 years from case closure if request is made after 6 years of storing data.

    End of retention period

     

    Hard copy data will be destroyed via a cross shredding machine owned by the organisation, electronic data will be permanently deleted.

     

    Data Processing

    What is the lawful basis for processing data at Steph McGee Hypnotherapy?

    • In relation to communicating with my clients:The individual has given clear consentfor their data to be processed for the specific purpose/s detailed in the consent form stored in their personal file.
    • Processing is necessary in order to protect the vital interestsof the data subject or of another natural person.
    • Processing is necessary for your legitimate interestsas specified in Article 9 of the GDPR;
    1. Processing of personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation shall be prohibited.
    2. Paragraph 1 shall not apply if one of the following applies:

     (h)  processing is necessary for the purposes of preventive or occupational medicine, for the assessment of the working capacity of the employee, medical diagnosis, the provision of health or social care or treatment or the management of health or social care systems and services on the basis of Union or Member State law or pursuant to contract with a health professional and subject to the conditions and safeguards referred to in paragraph 3;

    1. Personal data referred to in paragraph 1 may be processed for the purposes referred to in point (h) of paragraph 2 when those data are processed by or under the responsibility of a professional subject to the obligation of professional secrecy under Union or Member State law or rules established by national competent bodies or by another person also subject to an obligation of secrecy under Union or Member State law or rules established by national competent bodies.

    This means that Steph McGee Hypnotherapy does not require consent to hold your data to provide a service but does require your consent to contact you for specific purposes. Participating in the service by attending more than one appointment implies that you agree with the Terms and Conditions provided to you at the commencement of service delivery.

    Description of processing

    The following is a broad description of the way this organisation/data controller processes personal information. Clients wishing to understand how their own personal information is processed may choose to read the FAQ’s / Terms and Conditions for treatment document, which compliments the policies detailed here.

    Reasons/purposes for processing information

    Steph McGee Hypnotherapy processes personal information to enable the provision of Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy, to advertise services and to maintain accounts and records.

    Type/classes of information processed

    Steph McGee Hypnotherapy processes information relevant to the above reasons/purposes. This information may include:

    • personal details
    • family, lifestyle and social circumstances
    • goods and services
    • financial details
    • employment and education details

    Steph McGee Hypnotherapy also processes sensitive classes of information that may include:

    • physical or mental health details
    • racial or ethnic origin
    • religious or other beliefs of a similar nature
    • offences and alleged offences

    Steph McGee Hypnotherapy processes personal information about:

    • clients
    • suppliers
    • business contacts
    • professional advisers
    • supervisors

    Section C

    Data Breach

    All personal and sensitive data held by Steph McGee Hypnotherapy is held securely. Electronic data stored on a computer is stored on a password protected computer, in password protected documents held on the C: Drive of the computer. This supports the ability to retrieve data in the event of faults. Hardcopy data is held securely in a locked cabinet behind a locked door.

    In the case of a data breach Steph McGee Hypnotherapy shall comply with the regulations set out under Article 33 of the GDPR stated below;

    1.In the case of a personal data breach, the data controller shall without undue delay and, where feasible, not later than 72 hours after having become aware of it, notify the personal data breach to the ICO, unless the personal data breach is unlikely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of the individual. Where the notification to the ICO is not made within 72 hours, it shall be accompanied by reasons for the delay.

    2.The notification referred to in paragraph 1 shall at least:

    (a)  describe the nature of the personal data breach including where possible, the approximate number of data subjects concerned and the categories (e.g. sessions notes, phone numbers) and approximate number of personal data records concerned;

    (b)  communicate the name and contact details of the data controller where more information can be obtained;

    (c)  describe the likely consequences of the personal data breach;

    (d)  describe the measures taken or proposed to be taken by the controller to address the personal data breach, including, where appropriate, measures to mitigate its possible adverse effects.

    4.Where, and in so far as, it is not possible to provide the information at the same time, the information may be provided in phases without undue further delay.

    5.The controller shall document any personal data breaches, comprising the facts relating to the personal data breach, its effects and the remedial action taken. That documentation shall enable the supervisory authority to verify compliance with this Article.

    6.In the event that a data breach will likely cause a risk to the rights and freedoms of client data, the data controller must communicate the nature of the breach in clear, concise and plain language, to the client/s involved, without delay.

    7.If a breach occurs but the data controller has gone to appropriate lengths to protect the data held on the client (e.g. password encryption of electronic files), or if the data controller has taken subsequent action to prevent the risk (e.g. immediately blocking a mobile device) then notifying the client will not be required.

    Subject Access Request

    A Subject Access Requests (SAR) permits individuals to request a copy of their personal information.

    A SAR must be acted upon within one month, at the most within two months, any longer and reasonable reason must be provided. There are no fees unless there is a disproportionate fee to the organisation for sending out the information. Application for SAR should be held alongside session records, unless application was made after eight years of the end of treatment. In which case the SAR will be held for a further two years after closure of SAR.

    A SAR request will include information we hold about you, Steph McGee Hypnotherapy will:

    • give you a description of it;
    • tell you why we are holding it;
    • tell you who it could be disclosed to; and
    • let you have a copy of the information in an intelligible form.

    SAR requests should be put in writing to Steph McGee Hypnotherapy. A response may be provided informally over the telephone with your agreement, or formally by letter or email. If any information held is noted to be incorrect an individual can request a correction be made to their own personal information.If you wish for your data to be provided to another service provider, you may also request this in writing.I may have a legal basis to continue to hold your data and will notify you of this if that is the case. Any requests should be made in writing to Steph McGee Hypnotherapy.

    Right to Erasure

    Any person may put in a request for their personal data to be removed (the ‘right to be forgotten’ or the ‘right to erasure’). In this instance hard copy data will be shredded using a cross shredding machine owned by the organisation and any electronic data will be permanently deleted. The client will be notified of the completion. The request for deletion of data and the confirmation of completion will be held securely until eight years after the request was made. In some instances my supervisory body or insurance company may require me to lawfully hold your files until the end of their retention period. If this arises I will notify you at my earliest opportunity.

    Complaints

    Steph McGee Hypnotherapy hopes to the meet the highest quality standards when processing personal and sensitive data. Complaints can help identify areas for improvement and therefore Steph McGee Hypnotherapy would welcome you raising any concerns you have.

    These Information Governance Policy documents were created to be as transparent and understandable as possible. It will not be completely exhaustive of all aspects of data collection. If you would like further information about a specific process, please contact Steph McGee Hypnotherapy.

    If you feel you would like to make a complaint about how your personal and sensitive data is handled by Steph McGee Hypnotherapy you can contact Steph McGee Hypnotherapy directly. In the event that Steph McGee Hypnotherapy cannot resolve your complaint to your satisfaction you can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113.

    Testimonials

    Thank you for taking the time to write about your positive experiences of Steph McGee Hypnotherapy. I ask that you state clearly that are happy for me to use your testimonial for your own use & if you would like me to use your real name or a pseudonim. If not offered by you, I will ask for written consent before using your words – usually via email. Please note that this also provides me with rights to edit your testimonial, but never in a way that will create a misleading impression of your thoughts. You can ask me to remove this at any time in writing and I will provide 30 days notice to delete it on electronic format and will not use it again on hardcopy literature. I will require a written note from you below if you also give me permission to use your first name, and further consent to cite your city/town/village. If not I shall use alternatives including pseudonyms and other locations that clients typically come from.

    Safeguarding your privacy

    In the event of my death or sudden illness, David McGee will contact existing clients and archive any client files in accordance with General Data Protection Regulations.

    This may mean shredding any hardcopy documents, and having any electronic documents saved on a hard drive professionally wiped or destroyed by a GDPR complaint technician.

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