This policy was last updated by Sharon Saunders August 2021
About Sharon Saunders
I am an Independent Speech and Language Therapy Practitioner (SLTP) providing speech and language therapy support for children across West and East Sussex. I am registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Theraists as an associate member. My website can be found at https://chinwagspeechtherapy.com/ You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and 07951 522 007
As an Independent SLTP, I am committed to protecting the privacy of information provided by clients.
Collection of Personal Information
Information about your child may be collected via spoken or written information from Parents/Guardians. With written consent from Parents/ Guardians, information may also be collected from other professionals working with your child e.g. NHS Speech and Language Therapist or other Healthcare Professionals, Teaching/ Nursery Staff. We may also collect information about family members where this relates to your child e.g. contact details for parents and relevant medical or developmental history.
You can access my website without providing any personal information about yourself or your child. Should you choose to contact me via my email address, you will be asked to provide contact details, including your name, phone number, address and email address to enable me to respond to your enquiry. You may add comments or questions which might also contain personal information.
If I do not meet with you and your child following an enquiry, personal information will be deleted once the enquiry has been dealt with. If an enquiry results in me working with your child, these details may be added to your child’s personal record.
How Personal Information is Collected
Personal information collected by me via my website, email, telephone or face to face, is stored and used by me for the purpose of delivering speech and language therapy for your child.
Any sensitive personal details are stored in a secure and confidential way and processed in confidence by myself and shall only be used for the purposes of delivering appropriate speech and language therapy services to your child.
With your written consent, information about your child’s speech and language needs will be shared with other professionals involved in your child’s care, when it is in your child’s best interests. A record of your consent is kept within your child’s clinical notes.
Unless I am required to do so by law, I will not disclose any personal information collected to any person other than as set out above.
I do not employ agents to process personal data, for example specialist mailing companies to send out communications and I do not give or sell client details to any third parties.
How Personal Information is Used
I use the collected information in the following ways:
- To arrange, plan and provide speech and language therapy as appropriate to meet the needs of your child
- To communicate with you via post, email, telephone, mobile messages and SMS in relation to: - arranging and planning for sessions - communication in between sessions - sending you copies of reports and programmes for your child (always password protected) - communicating with other professionals involved with your child (your child’s initials rather than full name will be used in emails) - sending you/ your child’s education setting resources - sending you invoices via post, email or face to face
Whenever personal identifiers are not needed for these tasks, if possible we remove them from the information we use.
How Personal Information is Stored
All information about you, your child and their speech and language therapy is stored securely in accordance with Data Protection Regulations.
Documents containing confidential information including clinical notes and assessment record forms are recorded on a specialist computer programme which is password protected and only accessible by me.
Documents which contain confidential information such as reports and programmes are stored on a personal laptop with password protection, only accessible by myself.
I access emails on both my password protected laptop and a smartphone which is protected with a passcode.
Videos may be taken of clients with parental consent. These are temporarily stored on an encrypted and password protected tablet. These may then be viewed by the SLT in order to make notes in a client record within 24 hours of the child’s appointment. The video is then deleted.
The minimum amount of confidential information will be taken out of my base. When your child’s information is taken out of the base it will be kept on my person or it will be locked in the boot of my car (whichever is deemed to be the most secure at that time).
In accordance with law, all records will be kept securely until your child is 25 years old. After this time all records relating to your child will be destroyed.
Meeting our professional obligations
Personal Data Breaches
In cases where data was not encrypted, the breach would be reported to the Parent/ Guardian within 72 hours of the breach being identified.
UK Data Protection Law and EU General Data Protection Regulations
Data Protection Law lays down wide-ranging rules, backed up by criminal sanctions, for the processing of information about identifiable, living individuals. It also gives individuals certain rights in relation to personal data held about them by others.
I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) as a Data Controller. You can view my ICO registration by visiting: https://ico.org.uk
Lawful Basis for Processing Personal Information
My lawful basis for processing and storing personal information is one of ‘legitimate interest’ (under article 6 of GDPR). I cannot adequately deliver a service to your child without processing their personal information. As it is both a necessity for my service delivery and of benefit to your child, I have a legitimate interest to process and store their data.
Data relating to an individual’s health is classified as ‘Special Category Data’ under section 9 of the GDPR. The regulations specify that health professionals who are “legally bound to professional secrecy” may have a lawful basis for processing this data. Speech and Language Therapy Practitioners are legally bound to keep client information confidential and it is under this condition that we process and store personal information.
I am committed to maintaining the security and confidentiality of your child’s record. I actively implement security measures to ensure their information is safe, and audit these regularly.
I will not release your personal details to any third party without first seeking your consent, unless this is allowed for or required by law.
I am constantly working to ensure compliance with current data protection regulation.
Data protection legislation gives you, the parent, various rights. The most important of these are as follows:
- You have the right to a copy of information we hold about your child.
- You have the right to ask for your record to be amended if you believe that it is wrong.
How to access your child’s records
You can access the information I hold about you and your child by writing to us at the address given below. Please apply in writing rather than by email, so that we receive an original signature to compare against the records we hold.
A copy of your child’s records is provided free of charge.
We will provide access to your child’s records within 30 days of receipt of all necessary information.
Please make your request in writing to:
Subject Access Requests Sharon Saunders Speech and Language Therapy Practitioner
4 Hunters Way
TN22 2 BB