Who we are
This Healthwatch website is a local independent consumer champion. The data controller of personal information collected via this website is Healthwatch Cambridgeshire. References to "we" or "us" below are to this Healthwatch website.
Information we collect
We collect personal information from visitors to this website through the use of online forms and every time you email us your details.
When you simply browse through the information on this website, it does not store or capture your personal information. We do log your IP address (as it is automatically recognised by the web server) but this is so you can download this website onto your device rather than for any tracking purpose.
We will only collect personal information volunteered by you, such as:
- feedback from surveys and online forms
- email addresses
preferred means of communication
We will always take necessary steps to ensure that your information is protected and treated securely. Any details you give us will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. We also have an Information Governance Policy and code of practice on confidential and personal information.
Purposes for which we use the information collected
Personal information about you will be used for the following purposes:
- in our day-to-day work;
- to send you our newsletter where you have requested it;
- to send you information about consultations and events where you have requested these
- to respond to any queries you may have;
- to improve the quality and safety of health and care services.
This may include any personal information that you choose to share with us, but we will treat this as confidential and protect it accordingly.
We never include your personal information in survey reports.
Who we disclose the information to
In order to fulfil our remit, we may disclose the personal information that we obtain through this website to Healthwatch England, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group and service providers such as hospitals, care homes and home care providers.
Normally we will only disclose your personal information where we have your consent to do so. Exceptions to this are when we are required to share information where we think it is necessary to protect a vulnerable person from abuse or harm. Any such disclosure will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.
We aim to ensure information that we share or disclose is anonymised, so you cannot be identified from it.
How to obtain a copy of the information we hold about you
You have a right to access the personal information we hold about you. To obtain a copy of it, please get in touch with us.
Signing up to our newsletter
We use a third-party supplier to provide our newsletter service. By subscribing to this service you will be agreeing to them handling your data.
The third-party supplier handles the data purely to provide this service on our behalf. This supplier observes the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 in how they obtain, handle and process your information and will not make your data available to anyone other than Healthwatch Cambridgeshire.