Privacy Statement & Policy

Privacy Statement
St Joseph’s Hospice takes privacy and the protection of personal and sensitive information seriously.  We are committed to protecting your data and complying with the data regulations to their full extents. Our Privacy Policy explains how we use and protect your personal information, to show that we are adhering to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force in May 2018.

It explains how we collect and use the personal information that you provide to us whether in person, online or via phone, email, letter or other correspondence, this includes data from our website  and  sets out  how St Joseph’s Hospice uses and protects any information that you give us.

Privacy Policy
St Joseph’s Hospice is committed to protecting your privacy and right to confidentiality. We comply with GDPR and NHS requirements  concerning confidentiality and information security standards.

The policy explains how we use any personal information we collect about you based on your relationship with St Joseph’s Hospice, detailing how we collect data, how we store it, and how we use it.

St Joseph’s Hospice is a registered charity (Charity Number 1113125) committed to providing quality palliative care and support to local people affected by life-limiting and terminal illness. The GDPR require every organisation that processes personal information to be registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office. Our registration number is Z9386348.

You can view our full privacy policy online here or request a privacy policy by calling us on 020 8525 6000. If you have any questions or queries about this Privacy and Data Protection statement, please contact our Chief Executive, Tony McLean, at:

St Joseph’s Hospice
Mare Street
E8 4SA

Alternatively, you can contact our Data Protection Lead at:
St Joseph’s Hospice
Mare Street
E8 4SA

How we collect information

We obtain personal information from you when you are referred or enquire about our services and activities, register, apply to volunteer or work with us, send or receive an email, make a donation to us, ask a question about our services or otherwise provide us with your personal information. Sometimes we may obtain your personal information from third party data suppliers only if they provide the appropriate evidence that you have agreed for your personal information to be shared with other organisations.

We also gather non-identifiable general information about the use of our websites such as pages visited and areas that are of most interest to users. We use this information to improve our website and make it a better experience for everyone. For further information please see the cookies section below.

What information we collect

The personal information we collect might include name, address, email address, telephone numbers, date of birth, bank account details (for setting up regular Direct Debit or payment information), and your family relationships to avoid duplicating communications.

The GDPR recognise that certain categories of personal information are more sensitive. These are known as special categories of data and cover health information race, religious beliefs and political opinions – this list is not exhaustive.  We do not usually  collect special categories of data about our supporters.

However, we will collect sensitive data for employees, casual workers, or volunteers as part of our statutory, contractual, and management responsibilities.
Regarding supporters, we will use your information to contact you with news about our work and how you can support us.  Your information may be used for analysis purposes to help us ensure you receive appropriate and relevant communications from us. We will not share, sell or rent your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes – we do, however, share your information with third parties working on our behalf.
Personal data is only accessible by appropriately trained staff and volunteers who need to access your personal information as an essential part of their role. We employ security technology including firewalls and encryption to safeguard personal data and have procedures in place to ensure that paper and computer systems and databases are protected against unauthorised disclosure, use, loss and damage.

How we use this information

We may use your personal information for: 

  • Providing and personalising our care and support services
  • Dealing with your enquiries requests and complaints
  • Processing your donations
  • Providing you with information about our work activities, events and services
  • Complying with our legal obligations policies and procedures
  • Fundraising
  • Conducting market research
  • Recruitment, training analysis, and management responsibilities

How we protect your information

We adopt appropriate data collection, storage, and processing practices, and security measures to protect against unauthorised  access, alteration, disclosure, or destruction of your personal or transactional data  stored on our website and systems.

We have security procedures, rules and technical measures to protect your data. Your data will be kept in a secure environment with access restricted on a need to know basis.

We don’t keep your data for longer than is necessary for the purpose for which it is obtained, in accordance with our internal policies. Health Care Records are initially retained for eight years from the date of the last interaction, after which point they are archived.

Patients and Service Users

Where we collect information about you

If you are referred to one of our clinical services, we will collect data from you and may also receive and share it where necessary with other healthcare providers.  Our current lawful basis for collecting personal information  is contained within Articles 6 and 9 of the GDPR.

In order to provide complete care we may also collect some information about family members and carers. Where Next of Kin or family details are provided within clinical services, this information will not be passed to Fundraising or any other internal departmentm without explicit consent. However,  information is passed onto our Bereavement Support Team when a patient dies to enable an offer of Bereavement Support to be made directly to a patient’s loved ones.

If you stay on or visit our premises, such as our Inpatient Unit, we may collect your image on CCTV. We may take photographic images of you for medical purposes, with your prior consent, such as in the case of pressure ulcers , to assist in your care. We also receive data about our patients and their families and carers from other healthcare providers.

What information we collect about you

Personal data we collect may include one or more of the following:

  • Patient details such as name, address, telephone number, email address, date of birth
  • Patient Health Care Records (electronic or paper) with consent
  • Patient GP details (plus other involved health care professionals)
  • Patient representative details, such as name, address, telephone number and email address

In addition, we may need to contact other agencies for relevant health or social care information for the benefit of our patients’ care.

How we use your information

We use your personal data for a number of purposes including the following:

  • Information relating to diagnosis, treatment and care will be shared across our multi-disciplinary hospice teams to ensure all our healthcare professionals are updated for continuing care
  • Advising patient representatives (keeping in touch)
  • If appropriate, information will be shared with external healthcare professionals such as GPs, Hospitals and other involved health care professionals, such as our contracted Pharmacy
  •  For medical research and educational purposes.

Legitimately, we are allowed to process your data for one or more of these reasons:

  • We have consent to use your information for continuing health care and support
  • It is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject (for example a change in the law)
  • We have a legitimate interest to do so – for example, where consent is absent and we need to provide immediate care
  • It is in the public interest to do so (for example, a notification of infectious diseases (NOID) that need to be reported to the Local Authority health protection team)
  • Data disclosure may be required by law, for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies.

Rest assured, we never share, sell, swap or rent  your data to third parties for marketing purposes.


Where we collect information about you
If you apply to work at St Joseph’s Hospice we will only use the information you give us to process your application and to monitor recruitment statistics. If we want to disclose information to someone outside the hospice - for example, if we need a reference, or need to get a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service - we will make sure we tell you  beforehand, unless we are required to disclose this information by law.

What information we collect about you

If you are unsuccessful in your job application, we will hold your personal information for 12 months after we’ve finished recruiting the post you applied for. After this date we will destroy or delete your information. We keep de-personalised  information about applicants to develop our recruitment processes, but this does not contain any information that could be used to identify individual job applicants.

If you begin employment with us, we will put together a file about your employment. We keep the information in this file secure, and will only use it for matters that apply directly to your employment.

Once you stop working for us, we will keep this file according to our record retention guidelines. You can contact us to find out more about this.

How and why we use your information

We collect this information so that we can ensure staff fulfil their roles and responsibilities as detailed within their job description. We also have to ensure that those we care for are safe. We may analyse data in order to improve recruitment, training and development. In certain circumstances, we will record details such as disciplinary action.


Where we collect information about you
In most cases we collect data about you when you give it to us.

What information we collect about you

As appropriate for a volunteer role, we may ask

  • Emergency contact information
  • Contact details for referees
  • Your interests, experience, relevant qualifications
  • Your driving licence records
  • Any previous convictions
  • Your DBS
  • Relevant medical conditions
  • If you have been bereaved in last 18 months

How we use your information

We collect this information so that we can give you a volunteer role suitable and support you to do this role. We also have to ensure that those we care for are safe – it is our moral and legal obligation.


Where we collect information about you

We collect information from you directly which you provide when you fill in any of our online or printed forms to make a donation, sign up to an event or buy a product. Sometimes, this information is collected by an organisation working on our behalf, but we are responsible for your data at all times.

We also collect information shared with us by independent organisations, such as Just Giving or Virgin Money. These third parties will only share your information with us when you have given permission for them to do so. You should check their Privacy Policy when you provide your information to understand fully how they will process your data.

What information we collect about you

The type of information we collect will include names, addresses, next of kin, family connections, email, telephone details, dates of birth, communication preferences and information you have shared such as your experience of the hospice or why you have chosen to support our work.

When taking part in a challenge event, you may also be asked for health information and emergency/next of kin contact information for health and safety reasons. This information would be held for the duration of the event only. 

We hold records of your donations and fundraising efforts alongside communications we have sent to you and those we have received from you.

How do use your information

We use your information to process your donations or product/information requests, provide appropriate acknowledgement and collect gift aid.  We also keep a record of your relationship with the hospice and your contact preferences.

We will also use your information to keep you informed of our work, the latest news and to ask for donations or other fundraising support in accordance to your contact preferences.

We make it easy for you to tell us how you want us to communicate and include information on how to opt out when we send you marketing. If you prefer not to hear from us, that is fine – to let us know, contact us on 020 8525 3200 or email

In an effort to ensure the most appropriate and timely communications to our supporters, we also use profiling and screening techniques .

We may analyse geographic, demographic and other information relating to you and this allows us to understand the background of our supporters, which helps us to make appropriate requests to supporters who may be willing and able to give more than they currently do, or to identify those who may be able to support us in other ways. This information is compiled using publicly available data about you.

Where possible, we will ask you about your contact preferences at the first point of contact, i.e. when you first register for an event, make a donation or request fundraising information.  However, when this is not possible, we will ask you about your contact preferences in an appropriate and timely manner.  If your first contact with us is in memory, this will be done in a follow up letter  sent a minimum of 12 weeks after your donation.

The accuracy of your information

We aim to ensure that all information we hold about you is accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date. If any of the information we hold about you is inaccurate and either you advise us or we become otherwise aware, we will ensure it is amended and updated as soon as possible.

Storing your information

We take great care to ensure that your data is kept secure at all times. Data is only accessible to appropriately  trained staff and volunteers.

Although most of the information we store and process stays within the UK some information may be transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area. This may occur if, for example, one of our trusted partners’ servers are located in a country outside the EU. These countries may not have similar data protection laws to the UK, however, we will take steps with the aim of ensuring your privacy continues to be protected as outlined in this privacy policy.

We will keep your information for as long as required to enable us to operate our services, but we will not keep your information for any longer than is necessary. We will take into consideration our legal obligations and tax and accounting rules  when determining how long we should retain your information. When we no longer need to retain your information we will ensure it is securely disposed of, at the appropriate time.

Consent for under 16s

We are committed to protecting the privacy of the young people that engage with us through our website and at fundraising events. Our fundraising events also request specific information about the age of participants. Anyone under the age of 16 must obtain parental or guardian consent before participating in an event organised by St Joseph’s Hospice. Children aged under 13 must obtain the consent of a parent or guardian before providing any personal information.

Your rights

Under the General Data Protection Regulation, which came into force on May 25th, 2018, you have the following rights:

  1. The right to access your personal information
  2. The right to edit and update your personal information
  3. The right to request to have your personal information deleted
  4. The right to restrict processing of your personal information
  5. The right to object
  6. The right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority

1. The right to access your personal information
You have a right to obtain confirmation that your personal information is being processed. You also have the right to request a copy of your personal information we hold.

Should you wish to exercise any of these rights, in terms of the information that we hold about you, you can make a request to see your data by completing a request form which is available upon request.
Alternatively, please ensure you provide us with all the requested information in an alternative written format to help us locate your records.
You must provide proof of your identity by enclosing two pieces of approved identification.   Your request will be processed within 30 days of receipt of your request and all the relevant information we require.

2. The right to edit and update your personal information
The accuracy of your personal information is important to us. You can edit  your personal information including your address and contact details at any time.
Please provide as much information as possible about the nature of your contact with us, to help us locate your records. Any changes you have requested may take 28 days  before they take effect.

3. The right to request to have your personal information deleted
You have the right to request the deletion of your personal information which we will review on a case by case basis.
4. The right to restrict processing of your personal information

You have the right to ‘block’ or suppress processing of your personal data. However, we will continue to store your data but not further process it. We do this by retaining just enough of your personal information so we can ensure that the restriction is respected in the future.
Please provide as much information as possible about the nature of your contact with us, to help us locate your records. Any changes you have requested may take 28 days before they take effect.
Please address any of the above requests (covered in points 1 to 4) to one of our Data Protection Lead at

St Joseph’s Hospice
Mare Street
E8 4SA

5. The right to object
You have the right to object to your personal information being processed for fundraising marketing (including profiling) and for research purposes. From the very first communication from us and every fundraising marketing communication we send after you will have the right to object to it.

Alternatively, you can exercise this right by contacting:
Director of Fundraising, Mike Infurnari
St Joseph’s Hospice
Mare Street
E8 4SA

Please provide as much information as possible about the nature of your contact with us to help us locate your records. Any changes you have requested may take 28 days before they take effect.

If we process your personal information for the exercise or defence of legal claims, or we can demonstrate compelling grounds that override your rights and freedoms, we may not be able to fulfil your request. However, we will contact you to discuss further.
6. Your right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority

If you wish to lodge a complaint or seek advice from a supervisory authority please contact: 

The Office of the Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Tel: +44 (0) 01625 545 745

Changes to the Policy
This policy is correct as of November 2018. We will regularly review and update this Privacy and Data Protection Statement and will update, modify, add or remove sections at our discretion.

Any changes will be notified to you, either via e-mail or through an announcement on our website  and your continued use of our website, any of our services and/or the continued provision of personal information after we have posted the changes to these terms, will be taken to mean you are in agreement with those changes.

How to complain
We hope that we can resolve any query or concern you raise about our use of your information, you can write to or telephone:

Clinical Governance Lead
St Joseph’s Hospice
Mare Street, Hackney
London E8 4SA
Tel: 020 8525 6000

Jane Naismith
Director of Care Services
St Joseph’s Hospice
Mare Street, Hackney
London E8 4SA
Tel: 020 8525 6010

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