A new piece of legalisation has been brought in to play, the GDPR.
“The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the European Union (EU). … GDPR will come into effect across the EU on May 25, 2018.”
The GDPR was designed to replace Data protection and to reform the rights of EU citizens by creating a data protection law framework and give people back control of their own personal data whilst strict rules are to be followed by those working and processing the data.
With this new piece of legalisation coming into play, at Sorelle support, we have needed to ensure that we are working in line with the new GDPR law. As a support provider, we hold personal data on all of our supported people and employees. We were required to follow this law and to have given the information about the GDPR to all of our supported people and employees by 25th May 2018 to gain consent.
To enable us to do this, we produced and sent out an easy read document to our supported people containing the information on the new legalisation that we must adhere to as well as a consent form to gain permission to continue to send out information about our service such as group activities that we arrange. All of our supported people were informed that they have right to ask us what information we hold and how we store their personal date. It was stated that we will not share their information with anyone else other than other relevant professionals- the adult health and social care services, GP’s, careers services, the DWP, and support workers at the Sorelle Support team and would only do so once consent has been gained. Our supported people were given the choice to opt in or opt out and were made aware that their decision would be reviewed annually and they were able to change their mind at any given stage.
We have stated that we would only share information without gaining consent in exceptional circumstance; where our supported people may be a risk of significant harm or to prevent, detect or prosecute a serious crime.
Gaining consent of the individuals we support, to access their personal data, is to ensure that we can work in partnership with other professionals within the care network to support them to get the best opportunities and outcomes with the support we provide.
When supporting an individual with administering medication, prior to administering we must gain consent from the individual. It is very important that the care plan is followed as this is tailored to the individual’s needs and their preferences of how they take their medication. The individual’s permission must ask and consent has been given first. By gaining consent from the individual for their medication to be administered protects their dignity and their rights. Without gaining consent is to break the law and could result in a breakdown of the client and providers relationship as they feel their views, preferences and rights are not being adhered too.