Information about Helen Clarke Massage Therapy
“HCMT” is the abbreviated trading name of Helen Clarke Massage Therapy.
HCMT’s trading address is 1 Drawell Cottages, Wellington Heath, Ledbury, HR8 1LT
Why the information is required
The lawful basis by which HCMT holds this information is held under Special Category Data: Health.
In order to provide an effective and safe massage therapy treatment, HCMT requires information about your current health and your medical history.
This information is used only to provide you with the best possible course of treatment and advice.
HCMT also requires your contact details to arrange appointment times with you.
As a registered massage therapist with the FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapies) and with the STA (Sports Therapists Association) I abide by these associations codes of conduct and confidentiality requirements.
What information does HCMT collect about you?
HCMT collects information about you when you first contact me to use my services (whether by telephone, email or through our website enquiry form at www.helenclarkemassage.co.uk) and upon your first visit for treatment when you complete the client intake form.
Upon signing the client intake form on your first treatment at HCMT you are agreeing that HCMT will keep your details confidential and abide by current GDPR guidelines. You also agree that HCMT can contact you via telephone, text message and email regarding your appointments and treatments with me. This may also include the occasional marketing/promotional update of my products, services and availability. An option to unsubscribe is always included if you would no longer like me to contact you.
Personal data is collected such as:
- Date of birth
- Email address
- Telephone number
- Emergency contact or next of kin details
- Health conditions including allergies, medication and doses, history of; injuries, operations, illnesses provided on the client intake form and discussed during the first and subsequent treatments
- GP surgery details and other body treatments currently and previously received
- Lifestyle covering an overview of: exercise, diet, sleep and stress levels
- Information on current physical state (i.e. aches/pains/tension)
- Treatment detail and assessment notes which will be recorded after each massage session
- Diarised records of appointment times
If you object to the collection and use of your personal data I may be unable to provide you with my services.
How will HCMT use the information gathered
HCMT requires this information to assess your massage treatment requirements and provide you with a safe and effective massage therapy. Additionally the information is used to refer to at subsequent treatments in order to assess levels of improvement.
The information may be shared with another Massage Therapist or with another health practitioner should you be referred to one of these by HCMT. This will only be done with your consent. Your information will not be shared with anyone else (other than required for legal process) without explaining the reason why this is necessary and obtaining your explicit consent.
The contact information you provide may be used by HCMT to contact you in relation to appointment times or dialogue regarding your treatment plan.
How long is the information held for?
HCMT is required to keep your information for a period of 7 years after your last treatment for insurance purposes. Your data will not be transferred without your consent.
Once every two years, HCMT will review all client records and destroy any records that are no longer bound by the regulated legal timescale for such records to be held.
HCMT is committed to ensuring that your information is secure.
In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures have been put in place to safeguard and secure the information that is collected both online and on paper.
The health and personal information gathered is held on paper (Client Consultation forms and paper treatment notes) and is stored securely in a locked filing cabinet in a locked therapy studio. None of this information other than your name, phone number and/or email address is held electronically. Due to the nature of my business HCMT retains paper based personal information and as such, has a duty to ensure that it is disposed of in a secure, confidential and compliant manner.
Contact details including telephone numbers and email addresses are held on a password protected telephone and personal computer.
In the event of a data breach which consists of a breach of security leading to destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of or access to personal data, HCMT understands Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have to be notified where it is likely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals. In the event of such a breach, HCMT will notify those concerned directly and without delay. Records of personal data breaches will be maintained in any case.
Your individual rights
Individuals are provided with legal rights governing the use of their personal data. These grant individuals the right to understand what personal data relating to them is held, for what purpose, how it is collected and used, with whom it is shared, where it is located, to object to its processing, to have the data corrected if inaccurate, to take copies of the data and to place restrictions on its processing.
Individuals can also request the deletion of their personal data.
These rights are known as Individual Rights under the Data Protection Act 2018. The following list details these rights:
- The right to be informed about the personal data being processed;
- The right of access to your personal data;
- The right to rectification if there is something incorrect or incomplete;
- The right to erasure of your personal data;
- The right to limit how the information is used or shared;
- The right to portability. Under certain circumstances a copy of electronically held information can be requested so it can be reused in other systems;
- The right to object if there are certain parts of an individual’s information that they do not want used or to be used only for certain purposes
- Rights in relation to automated decision-making and profiling;
- The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office. An individual can complain to the ICO if the individual feels the information held is incorrect or not being used in the permission was granted or if information is being held unnecessarily.
Full details of individual’s rights can be held at:
If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the way in which I process your personal data please contact HCMT at the above address. You also have the right to complain to the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO many be contacted via its website which is https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ or by calling their helpline on 0303 123 1113.
If an individual does not agree to HCMT keeping records of information about an individual and treatment records then it may not be possible to provide the therapy.
Additionally, massage therapists have to keep records of treatment for a specific period of time as described above which may mean that even if you ask for information to be erased, they might be bound to keep these details until the period has elapsed.