Dr Jan Ferris is the data controller for North Glasgow Psychology Practice.
What personal information is being collected?
As a clinical psychologist I need to collect a range of personal information. This includes:
If you are referred by your health insurance provider, then I will also collect and process personal data provided by that organisation. This includes basic contact information, referral information, and health insurance policy number and authorisation for psychological treatment.
It is worth noting that if you do not provide the personal information requested, then I may be unable to provide a therapy service to you.
Why is this information being collected?
It is necessary to collect this information to provide psychological assessment and treatment. I require your GP details to allow me to contact them should I be sufficiently concerned about your current level of risk. I require your contact details so that I can reach you should an appointment need to be re-arranged.
I may also ask for information on how you found this service for the purpose of marketing research.
What I do with your personal information?
I will only use your personal information to provide the services you have requested. Your written information will be kept in a file and stored securely to which only I have access to. Written information will be scanned and uploaded to an individual electronic casenote within a very secure and confidential practice management software system (Writeupp). All digital information and storage will be encrypted (e.g. emails, information databases etc). Electronic information will also be backed up regularly on an external disc drive.
In order for me to contact you via text I will store your first name and surname initial in my business mobile. No other information will be stored about you in this format. This information is only accessible by me and is password protected. I will delete your details from my phone as soon as we finish working together. We will discuss if you do/do not wish to be contacted by phone and your privacy will always be respected.
Who will your information be shared with?
The information you provide is confidential, however, there are certain circumstances where I have a duty of care to share your information:
If you are referred by your health insurance provider, or otherwise claiming through a health insurance policy to fund therapy, then I will share appointment schedules with that organisation for the purposes of billing. I may also share information with that organisation to provide treatment updates.
I can also share information if you have given explicit consent that you wish it to be shared (e.g. with another professional or family member). I will not routinely share your information with other health professionals (e.g. your GP) unless you specifically ask.
How long is personal information stored?
Your information will be retained in accordance with professional HCPC guidelines. Your information will be deleted 7 years after we end working together. After this time, this data is deleted at the end of each calendar year. Basic contact information held on my business mobile phone will be deleted once our work is completed.
What I will NOT do with your personal information?
I will not share your personal information with third-parties for marketing purposes.
Your right to access the personal information I hold about you
If you require any further information regarding privace then I am happy to discuss this further.