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Privacy Policy

How we use your data

Who are we?

Our group includes the following organisations: Milford Care Limited, G Hudson & S Dobb trading as Milford Care, James Hudson (Builders) Limited.  Together, we trade as Milford Care. For the purposes of business administration, your personal data may be shared between any organisation within our group, but appropriate safeguards are in place to endeavour to ensure that your data is protected at all times.

Our head office is located at Spencer Grove, Springwood Gardens, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1RT. Web address: www.milfordcare.co.uk.

If you have any questions about this Policy, or about how we look after your data generally, please contact our Data Protection Officer (DPO), Kara Gratton, at the above address, or dataprotection@milfordcare.co.uk or on (01773 599340).

Introduction

Milford Care (‘we’ or ‘us’ etc), is a ‘data controller’. This means that, under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we may control and process your personal data and, in certain circumstances, special categories of data (previously known as sensitive data).

Your care plan, and any associated information, is very likely to be a special category of data.

We take privacy very seriously. We are committed to keeping your data secure and processing it fairly and lawfully. We ask that you read this policy very carefully because it contains important information about how we process your personal data.

This policy is aimed at our service users and anyone legally acting on their behalf.

Personal data we may collect about you

In order that we can provide care and support services to the people we support, we collect and use certain personal information about you.

Personal information means any information about you from which you can be identified, but it does not include information where your identity has been removed (anonymous data).

As the ‘controller’ of personal information, we are responsible for how that data is managed. The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which applies in the United Kingdom and across the European Union, sets out our obligations to you and your rights in respect of how we manage your personal information.

As the ‘controller’ of your personal information, we will endeavour to ensure that the personal information we hold about you is:

  1. used lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way.
  2. collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes.
  3. relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes.
  4. accurate and kept up to date.
  5. kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about.
  6. kept securely.

Information collected by us

When you enquire about our care and support services and during the course of providing care and support services to you we collect the following personal information when you provide it to us:

  • your name, home address, date of birth and contact details (including your telephone number, email address) and emergency contacts (i.e. name, relationship and home and mobile numbers)
  • your health and social care information, including allergies and any medical, physical or mental health conditions, medications and in particular your care needs
  • your likes, dislikes and lifestyle preferences (so far as they relate to providing you with suitable care and support)
  • credit or standing order details (if you pay for some or all of our services using one of these methods)
  • photographs and video material of you as part of providing you with suitable care, but always with your specific consent.

Information collected from other sources

We also obtain personal information from other sources such as:

  • your allergies and any medical, physical or mental conditions and in particular your care and support needs, from any appropriate external social or health care professionals (including your GP)
  • your name, home address, date of birth, contact details, needs assessments and financial assessments from any appropriate external social or health care professionals (including any relevant public body regardless of whether you are publicly funded)
  • your likes, dislikes and lifestyle preferences and history from your family, friends and any other person you have nominated as your representative, your Attorney or Deputy (if applicable)

How we use your personal data

We use your personal information to:

  • prepare, review and update a suitable care plan, describing the nature and level of care and support services which you have requested we supply to you
  • to communicate with you, your representatives and any appropriate external social or health care professionals about your individual needs and personalise the service delivered to you
  • make reasonable adjustments, when required, to meet your individual needs and to ensure we have suitable facilities to ensure your safety
  • invoice you for the care and support services in accordance with our terms and conditions
  • carry out quality assurance procedures, review our service and improve our customer experience (please note that feedback can also be provided anonymously).
  • as part of our legal and safeguarding obligations we may share information with regulatory bodies.

In addition, we may use your personal data for the following circumstances:

  • Where we consider it necessary to be in your vital interests
  • Where we are legally required to do so, such as because of a contractual obligation owed to a third party, such as a commissioning body
  • For the purposes of assessing your application for services
  • Administration
  • Research, statistical analysis and behavioural analysis
  • Direct marketing, where you have specifically consented
  • Fraud prevention and detection
  • Taking and processing payments
  • Customising our website and its content to your particular preferences
  • To notify you of any changes to our website or to our services which may affect you
  • Security vetting
  • Improving our services

We may also share your personal information, including medical information, with appropriate external social or health care professionals and any individuals you have nominated as your representative. This data sharing enables us to establish the type of care and support you need. It also allows us to design the right care package to suit your individual circumstances, including if (in future) you decide to receive care from an alternative provider.

Marketing and opting out

We will not contact you for the purposes of direct marketing unless you have asked us to do so. However, if you have asked us to do so and later your change your mind, you can opt-out at any time with no hassle. To do this, just let us know. See further ‘Your rights‘ below for details about how to contact us.

Who has access to your personal information?

We will not sell or rent your information to third parties.

We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

Third Party Service Providers working on our behalf: We may pass your information to our third-party service providers, agents, subcontractors and other associated organisations for the purposes of completing tasks and providing services to you on our behalf. However, when we use third party service providers, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service and we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it for their own direct marketing purposes.

Please be reassured that we will not release your information to third parties for them to use for their own direct marketing purposes, unless you have requested us to do so, or we are required to do so by law, for example, by a court order or for the purposes of prevention of fraud or other crime.

We may transfer your personal information to a third party as part of a sale of some or all of our business and assets to any third party or as part of any business restructuring or reorganisation, or if we’re under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation or to enforce or apply our terms of use or to protect the rights, property or safety of our supporters and customers. However, we will take steps with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected.

Keeping your data secure

We will use technical and organisational measures to safeguard your personal data, for example:

  • Access to our electronic care planning systems is controlled by password and username which are unique to the user;
  • We store your paper records in locked rooms or cabinets;
  • We train our staff in good records management;

Non-sensitive details (your contact details and preferences for example) are transmitted normally over the Internet, and this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems. Where we have given (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our websites or electronic care planning system you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.

Information about other individuals

If you give us information on behalf of someone else, you confirm that the other person has appointed you to act on his/her behalf and has agreed that you can:

  • Give consent on his/her behalf to the processing of his or her personal data
  • Receive on his/her behalf any data protection notices

How long do we keep your data for?

As a general rule, we will not keep your data for any longer than is necessary to complete tasks or provide you with services. We have a separate policy setting out retention periods for specific types of data. You can ask to see this policy by writing to us, using the contact details under the “Your Rights” section below. You also have the right to ask us to delete your data (sometimes known as ‘the right to be forgotten’.)

Cookies

A cookie is a small text file which is placed onto your computer (or other electronic device) when you access our website. If you use our website, we may use cookies to:

  • Track your use of the site;
  • Recognise you whenever you visit this website (this speeds up your access to the site as you do not have to log on each time);
  • Obtain information about your preferences, online movements and use of the internet;
  • Carry out research and statistical analysis to help improve our content, products and services and to help us better understand our visitor/customer requirements and interests
  • Target our marketing and advertising campaignsmore effectively
  • Make your online experience more efficient and enjoyable

If you do not want to accept cookies, you can change your browser settings so that cookies are not accepted. If you do this, please be aware that you may lose some of the functionality of this website. For further information about cookies and how to disable them please go to: www.aboutcookies.orgor www.allaboutcookies.org

If you visit our website when your browser is set to accept cookies, we will interpret this as an indication that you consent to the use of cookies. This includes cookies that are essential in order to enable you to move around the site and use its features and cookies that are not essential but gather information about your use of the site.

If you want detailed information from Get Safe Online on how to protect your information and your computers and devices against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other online problems, please visit www.getsafeonline.org. Get Safe Online is supported by HM Government and leading businesses.

Your rights

You have various rights under the GDPR, including the following rights:

  • Right to object:If we are using your data because we deem it necessary for our legitimate interests to do so, and you do not agree, you have the right to object. We will respond to your request within 30 days (although we may be allowed to extend this period in certain cases). Generally, we will only disagree with you if certain limited conditions apply.
  • Right to withdraw consent:Where we have obtained your consent to process your personal data for certain activities (for example, providing you with services), or consent to market to you, you may withdraw your consent at any time.
  • Data Subject Access Requests (DSAR):Just so it’s clear, you have the right to ask us to confirm what information we hold about you at any time, and you may ask us to modify, update or delete such information. At this point we may comply with your request or, additionally do one of the following:
    • we may ask you to verify your identity, or ask for more information about your request; and
    • where we are legally permitted to do so, we may decline your request, but we will explain why if we do so.
  • Right to erasure:In certain situations (for example, where we have processed your data unlawfully), you have the right to request us to “erase” your personal data. We will respond to your request within 30 days (although we may be allowed to extend this period in certain cases) and will only disagree with you if certain limited conditions apply.
  • Right of data portability:If you wish, you have the right to transfer your data from us to another data controller. We will help with this – either by directly transferring your data for you, or by providing you with a copy in a commonly used machine-readable format.
  • Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority:You also have the right to lodge a complaint with your local supervisory authority, details of which can be found below.

To exercise any of your rights concerning your information, please send an email to the following address:

DataProtection@milfordcare.co.uk

Or write to us at the following postal address:

Data Protection Officer
Milford Care
Springwood Gardens
Belper
Derbyshire
DE56 1RT

We may ask you to provide us with proof or your identity. Please do not be offended; this may occur even if we know you. It is a requirement of the GDPR in some cases.

Review

We may change this privacy policy from time to time. You should check this policy occasionally to ensure you are aware of the most recent version which will apply each time you access our website.

The information Commissioner’s Office

More information about privacy laws can be found at www.ico.org.uk

Details of your local supervisory authority: The Information Commissioner’s Office. You can contact them in the following ways:

  • Phone: 0303 123 1113
  • Email: casework@ico.org.uk
  • Live chat,via the ICO website
  • Post: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF