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Adult social care and support
Privacy notice

Last updated: 28 February 2020

The following privacy notice applies to the adult social care and support services provided by Warwickshire County Council. It should be read in addition to the council’s overall Customer Privacy Notice, the Adult Mental Health Privacy Notice, and the Adult Social Care Commissioned Services Privacy Notice.

Purpose for processing

The services process personal information in order to carry out basic administration and delivery of adult social care and support services in community and residential/Health care settings either directly or jointly with partners, and commissioned private and third sector providers.

This includes:

  • assessing the physical and mental health, learning and behavioural, financial social care needs, as appropriate, of vulnerable adults and/or their carers/designated representative/holders of Power of Attorney/Court Appointed Deputies.
  • Requiring social care packages
  • Enabling the provision of a range of personalised adult social care packages
  • Maintaining our own accounts and records
  • Supporting and managing our employees
  • Awarding and managing contracts with social care providers as commissioned by us and to ensuring the quality of care to our customers
  • Shaping the current and future social care provider market by consulting with customers and/or their carers/representatives
  • Providing “signposting” services for some adult social care-related advice and guidance
  • Providing a complaints service if things go wrong
  • Safeguarding vulnerable adults for the prevention of crime
  • Compliance with regulatory/inspection regimes (e.g. Ofsted and Care Quality Commission), including providing anonymised statistics Providing Safe Scheme and Safe & Well checks
Personal information collected and lawful basis

The services process personal information, which is relevant to individual cases but may include some but is not limited to:

  • Personal details – e.g. name / age / address / and family details
  • Contact information – e.g. telephone numbers / email address
  • Personal Reference Numbers – e.g. Social Care unique customer reference number / National Insurance Number / NHS number Employment details
  • Financial details – for funding assessment purposes
  • Lifestyle and social circumstances
  • Opinions and decisions
  • Records of complaints
  • Safeguarding reports
  • Student and pupil records
  • Visual images, personal appearance and behaviour

We may also process some special category (sensitive) information, which is relevant to individual cases but may include some but is not limited to:

  • Biometric information
  • Physical or mental health details
  • Racial or ethnic origin
  • Religious or other beliefs
  • Offences (including alleged offences), criminal proceedings, outcomes and sentences
  • Political affiliation / opinions
  • Sexual orientation

The lawful bases for processing this personal information depend on the process and are:

  • Necessary for a public task
  • Necessary for compliance with a legal obligation
  • Necessary for a contract for the supply of services
  • Consent of the individual Legitimate interests for the purposes of managing employees.
Who we may share your information with

We may need to share the personal information you have given to us or we’ve collected about you with partner organisations where relevant to the individual and/or their care provision. These include but are not limited to:

  • police and probation service
  • Department of Health
  • health services – GPs, Dental Practices, Opticians, Ambulance Services, Hospitals, Coventry & Warwickshire (NHS) Partnership Trust, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit (CSU)
  • regulatory inspection regimes – Care Quality Commission, Ofsted
  • statistical, anonymised data is shared with NHS Digital and Warwickshire County Council
  • schools/colleges
  • housing agencies and providers
  • Warwickshire District and borough councils
  • Commissioned Advocacy & Appointeeship providers
  • care homes and other social care providers
  • utility companies
  • representatives who will act on your behalf should you lack the capacity to make decisions regarding your care.  Including but not limited to:
    • Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA);
    • those with Lasting Power of Attorney
    • a Court Appointed Deputy
    • a nominated representative/nearest family member
    • other family members who have an interest in your mental health and care
    • the Court of Protection
  • Office of the Public Guardian
  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • Home Office
  • HMRC
  • West Midlands Strategic Partnership
  • banks and building societies
  • credit reference agencies
  • Adult Safeguarding Board
  • appropriate adult/children’s social care team(s)
  • other Warwickshire County Council services as appropriate including Legal Services Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman

We do have specific data sharing agreements in place with local agencies and sometimes the law requires that we may have to pass your details on to a third party, for example, to prevent crime.

Information will only ever be shared when it is strictly necessary to help us provide effective services and you may have the right to refuse. We will not pass it onto any other parties unless required to do so by law or in all reasonable circumstances the disclosure is fair and warranted for the purposes of processing or subject to a legal data protection exemption.

How long we will hold your information

The standard adult social care record retention is 6 years after a adult social care service has ended. However there are also a range of other retention periods affecting different information and service need and these range from 1 year – 11 years depending on the type of information and service.

Nb. Mental Health record retention is covered by the Mental Health Services Privacy Notice

Please note: stated retention periods may be subject to any legal holds imposed under the Inquiries Act 2005 that may concern the information and override standard retention.

Your information rights

You are entitled to a copy of, or a description of, the personal data we hold that relates to you, subject to lawful restrictions. Find out how to request this using the online secure form.

You may be entitled to rectification, restriction, objection, and erasure of your personal information depending on the service and legal basis. Please in the first instance contact your Social Worker or care provider to exercise these Information Rights or call the main Warwickshire County Council contact telephone number of 01926 410410.

See our overall privacy notice for further contact details and if you have a complaint about your information rights. 

NHS and care services 

To find out more about the NHS’ wider use of confidential personal information and to register your choice to opt out if you do not want your data to be used in this way, visit the NHS website.

If you do choose to opt out, you can still consent to your data being used for specific purposes. 

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