At Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice we are committed to protecting your personal information and privacy. This is our pledge to you:
We will only collect data that is useful to help maintain and improve our service to you and the Hospice.
We will be transparent about our data practices and will explain them in clear language.
We will always take the security of your data seriously.
What data do we collect?
We may collect your data when you enquire about our activities, register for an event, make a donation or use our services.
The information we collect from you is likely to include:
Name, age, Date of birth, gender, home address, phone number, email address, details of your correspondence with us
Sometimes we will also collect bank details and other financial information for payment of services, e.g. a donation or weekly lottery subscription.
How we use your information
We will only use your information where we have a legal basis to do so and will always respect your rights.
Where we use your information, it may be because you have consented to us doing so or because we consider we have a legitimate interest to do so. Where we do rely on a legitimate interest to use your information, we will always ensure that this is done in a way so as not to be intrusive or cause distress, and that respects your rights. Other reasons may include using information because we have a legal obligation to do so or because we have to fulfil contractual obligations.
Some examples can be found below.
- You have given us your consent to use the information for a specified purpose, such as sending you marketing emails.
- We have a legal obligation to use your information, for example to claim Gift Aid.
- We need to use your information to process your application for a job or volunteer role with us
- We are using your information in pursuit of a legitimate interest, for example:
- To pursue our charitable purpose to deliver our mission and vision
- To raise vital funds for our work
- To ensure we meet our regulatory requirements as a charity
- To manage our ongoing relationship with our supporters and anyone we work with
- To manage our financial transactions and prevent fraud.
When you use our website, we use tools like Google Analytics to collect information such as your IP address, the browser you use (eg Internet Explorer, Firefox etc), domain names, the time of day you accessed the website and any referring Website addresses. This information helps improve our online service, ensures security and helps protect against fraud. It also assists with diagnosing online problems with our website.
If you use Hospice services
If you, a relative, or a friend are cared for or supported by Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, the personal and/or sensitive personal information you provide to us will be used only for the purposes of providing you with services, or training or monitoring the quality of our services. We will not disclose your personal information to any third party without your consent, except in the following circumstances:
- to healthcare professionals and organisations involved in the provision of care e.g. a District Nurse or GP (unless you have specified that you do not want us to share this information) see additional leaflet on how we share your information.
- to statutory regulators e.g. Care Quality Commission in order that they can exercise their statutory function.
- When it is a legal requirement or in the public interest
We will not use your information for other purposes without your permission. If you tell us about your own experience with terminal illness or the experience of someone else we will explain how we will use that information. It is helpful for us to be able to share the experiences of some of our service users to help us with fundraising and PR. We will always obtain your consent to use your information for these purposes. If you don’t want us to use such information for these purposes ,or change your mind at any time, it will not affect any services we provide to you.
There is a legal framework by which we must operate when sharing information, namely the date protection act and the access to healthcare records act 1990. These legal acts clarify how we can share information on patient both who are alive and those who are deceased.
What data may be shared with third parties?
We will never sell your data to a third party. Nor will we share your information with third parties for their own purposes, unless this is explained to you at the time we collect your information, you give us your permission to, or we are legally required to do so. For example, we are legally required to provide your data to HMRC if you have agreed to us claiming Gift Aid on your behalf.
Sometimes we may need to share your data with a small number of trusted suppliers known as ‘data processors’ to process data on our behalf, for example, to send out mailings. When enlisting the services of such suppliers we ensure that they are under a contractual obligation to only use your information in accordance with our instructions and for no other purposes.
How do we keep your data safe?
All of our staff and volunteers have a legal duty to keep information about you confidential and the Hospice also has a legal duty to store your personal information securely. This includes paper and electronic records.
We take appropriate technical and organisational security measures to safeguard personal information; we have a data protection policy and technical measures in place to help protect your information (for example, we require specialist suppliers who process secure payments to comply with PCI DSS standards).
Unfortunately, no data transmission over the internet or by post can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us via these routes, and you do so at your own risk. The Hospice does not use fax communication, unless there is no other alternative.
How long do we save your data?
As a general rule, we will hold your information for a period of time from the end of your relationship with the charity in accordance with our data protection policy. For example, information related to unsuccessful job applications is destroyed after 1 year. In some circumstances, this will be longer, for example, pension information of former employees or clinical information about patients. If you would like to know how long we will hold any specific information, then please contact us and we can provide further details.
Keeping your information up to date
It is important that we keep your personal information up to date. Please let us know if your contact details change, it will help us to keep our records up to date and accurate. You can contact us at any time if your circumstances change.
It is your choice whether and how you receive information from us about your care, our work, fundraising and ways you can get involved. We may use your contact details and personal preferences which you have told us about, or which we have inferred from your participation in some of our activities. You can update your contact preferences by calling us on 020 8312 2244 or contacting the fundraising team on firstname.lastname@example.org or the clinical team on email@example.com. We will ensure that your request is shared with other Hospice departments and may ask you to clarify what information you do or do not want to receive.
We will not use your details for marketing purposes if you tell us not to, however, we will retain your details on our suppression lists to help ensure that we do not contact you.
Registering with the free Telephone Preference Service gives you the opportunity to opt out of receiving unsolicited calls. The Mailing Preference Service will enable you to register to have your name taken off direct mailing lists.
Right of Access and Complaints
You have the right to ask us for a copy of the personal information we hold about you or ask us to change it if you think it is wrong. Please contact us for more information. If you are unhappy with our use of your personal data, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office . We would encourage you to contact us in the first instance so we can attempt to resolve any concerns.
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