In your lifetime, organisations will record information about you. For example, health professionals need to keep information about your treatment. This section explains how organisations should protect the information you give them.
- Professionals can only tell other people your personal information if you say they can, or if they have to.
- If you want your carers or family to know about your treatment, you can tell them yourself or ask professionals to tell them.
- Health professionals should work with your carers, and listen to their concerns.
- If you feel that a professional has not kept your information confidential when they should have, ask for reasons. You can complain or take legal action if you are not happy with the reasons they give.
This section covers:
- What is confidentiality?
- What are the rules on confidentiality?
- Can professionals share my information with others?
- What about my employer?
- How does the Data Protection Act protect my personal information?
- How does the Human Rights Act protect my personal information?
- What are the rules for carers?
- What can I do if someone breaches my confidentiality?
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in August 2017. Next review August 2020.
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