Bradford on Avon Occupational Health Services Ltd (BOA OHS) is committed to ensuring the security of personal data held by the service. This policy is issued to all staff at BOA OHS with access to personal data and will be given to new staff during their induction. If any member of the team has concerns about the security of personal data within the practice they should contact Dr Fiona Tees.
All members of the team must comply with this policy.
- All employment contracts and contracts for services contain a confidentiality clause, which includes a commitment to comply with BOA OHS confidentiality policy
- Access to personal data is on a ‘need to know’ basis only. Access to information is monitored and breaches of security will be dealt with swiftly by DrFiona Tees.
- We have procedures in place to ensure that personal data is regularly reviewed, updated and, when no longer required, deleted in a confidential manner.
Physical Security Measures
- Personal data is only removed from BOA OHS premises in exceptional circumstances and when authorised by Dr Fiona Tees. If personal data is taken from the premises it must never be left unattended in a car or in a public place
- Records are kept in a lockable fireproof cabinet, which is only accessible by named BOA OHS staff.
- Efforts have been made to secure the premises against theft by, for example, the use of intruder alarms, lockable windows and doors
- BOA OHS has in place a business continuity plan in case of a disaster. This includes procedures for protecting and restoring personal data.
Information held on computer
- Appropriate software controls are used to protect computerised records, for example the use of passwords and encryption. Passwords are only known to those who require access to the information, are changed on a regular basis and are not written down or kept near or on the computer for others to see
- Daily and weekly back-ups of computerised data are taken and stored in a fireproof container, off-site. Back-ups are also tested at prescribed intervals to ensure that the information being stored is usable should it be needed
- Staff using computers undertake computer training to avoid unintentional deletion or corruption of information
- Our computer systems have a full audit trail facility preventing the erasure or overwriting of data. The system records details of any amendments made to data, who made them and when
- Precautions are taken to avoid loss of data through the introduction of computer viruses.
Loss of patient information
- Any loss, damage to or unauthorised disclosure of patient information must be reported immediately to Dr Fiona Tees.
Review date: 01.04.2019