How we use your data
In order to offer Psychological services, we need to collect, hold and process some information about you. We only hold and use information vital to your care.
The information we hold
At Headspace Guildford, we collect and keep the following information:
- Your name, address and phone number and the name of your child
- Your GP details
- Any relevant information about other agencies involved with your family or your child
- Any relevant information about your child’s medical history pertinent to their care
We may also collect:
- Reports from other professionals including medical reports, psychometric or cognitive testing reports, school reports or information
- Letters from insurance companies (where relevant)
We also keep brief factual notes on each session and any phone calls detailing the activities undertaken and other relevant information you might choose to share with us.
This information is held securely in a file with your child’s name on it. This information is kept until your child turns 21. Only Headspace Guildford staff have access to this information. You have the right to see this information by submitting a request in writing to Headspace Guildford.
Any electronic information we hold which contains identifiable data (including, but not limited to, reports or invoices) are stored on an encrypted memory stick which only your clinician has access to. Any emails we exchange are stored on our email system and may not be secure (as we have no control over the servers provided by the email providers).
We do not share information other than with those directly involved in your child’s care and in almost all cases we only share information with consent.
Cases are discussed in supervision. Any information remains confidential as both psychologists in this relationship are bound by the professional and ethical rules of their profession.
We may have to share information if we feel someone is at risk. This might be with your GP or with a statutory agency (such as Children’s services). Wherever possible we will discuss this with you first, but we may have to do this without consent in some circumstances.
We may feel it is important to share relevant information with another professional involved in your child’s care (for example a Paediatrician). We will discuss this with you first and in most cases only share information with your consent.
Where your work is being funded by an insurance company or other third party, we have to share some information (name, address and brief details about treatment) with them for the purposes of invoicing. They may also request a letter detailing the assessment and treatment plan. We will share this with you first.
Please do ask us if you have any questions or need more information about the information we hold and use (now or in the future).
Access to data
How do I request access to my own medical records?
FOI excludes requests for personal information. An individual’s access to their patient records/clinical information is still covered by the Data Protection Act which different procedures apply.
If you would like to request a copy of your own records held by Headspace Guildford, or to request access to patient records as a parent of a child, please complete the Application for Access to Health Records.
Once complete, please return the form to:
Dr Ellie Atkins
c/o 9 Pennings Avenue