Everyone working for the Trust is subject to the common law duty of confidentiality and the Data Protection Act 2018. Information provided in confidence will only be used for the purposes for which it has been gathered, or for purposes closely associated with it, unless there are other circumstances covered by the law which mean we have to disclose the data.
Under the NHS Confidentiality Code of Conduct, all staff are required to protect information, inform you of how your information will be used and allow you to decide if, and how, some of your information can be shared. This will be noted in your records.
All Trust staff are required to undertake annual training in data protection, confidentiality and IT/cyber security, with additional training for specialists, such as healthcare workers, data protection officers and IT staff.
Clinical placements for students and learners commonly take place within the NHS. Some medical files are needed to teach student clinicians. Without such materials, new clinicians would not be properly prepared to treat you.
Trainees, such as student nurses, midwives and medics, could be receiving training in the service that is caring for you.
If staff would like a student to be present they will always ask for your permission before that meeting or episode of care. The treatment or care you receive will not be affected if you decline to have a student present during your episode of care.