At Martlets, we are committed to protecting your personal information and privacy. This privacy notice describes how we collect and use personal information. We will only ever collect the information we need.
We may update this privacy notice from time to time so please check back periodically. We will notify you of significant changes by placing a notice on our website. Our website and all our communications materials contain a reduced version of our privacy notice in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018.
If you have any queries about this privacy notice, please contact us here at email@example.com or use our , write to us at Martlets Hospice, Wayfield Avenue, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 7LW, or call 01273 747455 between 9am - 5pm weekdays.
We have a senior person responsible for protecting the confidentiality of patient information and enabling appropriate information sharing. This person is called the Caldicott Guardian; our Caldicott Guardian is Karen Taylor.
We recognise the importance of protecting our supporters and follow the guidance issued by the Institute of Fundraising on treating donors fairly. We provide high-quality customer care, ensuring anyone donating to the Charity is in a position to make a free and informed decision. Further guidance can be found on the Institute of Fundraising’s website at www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/home/.
Who are we - Martlets Hospice
We are a charity, and we depend on your support to continue to provide people affected by terminal illness in Brighton and Hove and neighbouring areas the very best care and support. We are much more than a hospice and we’re working to change perceptions of hospice care.
We help people do the things they love with the time they have. Our life-changing hospice care gives people living with terminal illness hope, purpose and possibility.
Since 1997, Martlets has provided care and support to those affected by terminal illness in and around Brighton and Hove. We continue to extend our reach to help as many people in our community as possible, ensuring that patients, family and friends have access to our services. Our work is made possible only by the generosity of our supporters.
Our services include an 18 bed inpatient unit, our Hospice at Home team who care for patients in their own homes and ensure families and individuals are supported in the best way possible. We also run an extensive set of services and groups through our Patient and Family Support and Day Services teams, where complementary therapies such as reiki, massage and mindfulness are available to carers and patients.
Through our extensive and varied services, we go beyond the minimum, the necessary and the prescribed treatment to make people smile.
We’re proud to be at the heart of Brighton and Hove, bringing our community together to support families and individuals affected by terminal illness.
Martlets Hospice Limited is a registered Charity in England and Wales (Registration number 802145) and a company limited by guarantee (Registration number 2326410).
Martlets Hospice Trading Company Limited is a company limited by guarantee (Registration number 4557282).
Martlets Care Limited is a company limited by guarantee (Registration number 6250709).
We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator.
We are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (Registration number Z338637X).
Group VAT registration number 218597181.
How do we collect personal information?
We collect personal information about you when you interact with us (for example, by phone or online):
- Register with us
- Enquire about activities and services
- Shop online
- Make a donation
- Participate in an event
- Visit our premises
- Access our clinical, educational or social care support services
- Be acknowledged as a friend or family member of one of our service users
- Apply to work or volunteer for us
- Donate goods to our shops
- Download our Snailspace App
- Play our lottery
- Visit our website
- Interact with us on social media
- Otherwise provide us with your personal information
- We may also receive information about you from third parties that we work with, for example, JustGiving and eBay, where you have consented to them sending us your information
What personal information do we collect?
The types of information we might collect from supporters include your name, postal address, email address, phone numbers, date of birth, next of kin, communication preferences, credit or debit card details, and whether you are a taxpayer so that we can claim Gift Aid. We also hold records of your donations and fundraising efforts alongside the communications that we have had with you. We will not store credit or debit card details after they have been processed.
Service users and family and friends
The types of information we might collect from patients and family members include names, postal addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, date of birth and next of kin as well as special category data which includes health information and that of a personal-sensitive nature. This information is collected for the purposes of providing clinical care services to those referred to us and could be used and shared between departments within the organisation as well as with other health and social care service providers under strict guidelines. We may also receive further information from the NHS which is only shared with us under strict guidelines and where information sharing could improve the delivery of care or is necessary for direct care.
We may collect special category data including but not limited to race, faith, gender, religion, disability and family life for statistical and reporting purposes but these will be anonymised and no individual will be identifiable.
Martlets is compliant with the ‘National Data opt-out’ in that we do not share any data beyond a patient’s direct care, unless legally required to do so, for example supplying patient data to the NHS as part of the mandatory Community Services Data Set (CSDS) submission. Providers are legally required to submit full returns of CSDS data, as the Data Provision Notice (DPN) issued under section 259 (10) of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 sets aside the common law duty of confidence in respect of this data.
Patients however do have a right to set a national data opt-out preference to prevent their data being used for purposes beyond their direct care and treatment. Where an opt-out is received from a patient (or their parent or guardian in the case of a child), NHS Digital will exclude the relevant records from any onward dissemination of the data. As such, any patient not wishing to let their data to be used for secondary purposes ( e.g. research or planning) can ‘opt-out’ either via their GP or directly via www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/ on the NHS website.
If sent to the NHS, data for patients who opt-out are included in aggregate counts for publications etc, but any extracts that go to 3rd party customers (e.g., for research etc) are matched against the national opt-out database, and any records that match the NHS Number of opted out patients are stripped from the extracts. For further explanation of this initiative patients can be view the NHS guidance at https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out.
You can also make or change a choice for yourself by phone, email or post or for someone else by email or post: https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/other-ways-to-manage-your-choice/
Employees and volunteers
The types of information we might collect from employees and volunteers include your name, postal address, email address, phone numbers, date of birth, next of kin, employment history, disabilities relevant to your employment or volunteering role, and character or employment references. We may collect special category data including but not limited to race, faith, gender, religion, disability and family life for statistical and reporting purposes but these will be anonymised and no individual will be identifiable.
Applicable to all
You may appear in still images or video footage using closed circuit television (CCTV) that is used on our hospice site for security purposes. We also use photos and video footage to promote and celebrate the work that we do for which we ask your consent. This consent can be withdrawn by you at any time.
The lawful basis and purpose
The lawful basis for processing data held on supporters is the legitimate purpose of raising charitable funds to support the delivery of Martlets clinical care services. Click here to learn more about what we mean by legitimate interest.
The information provided by supporters is used in the following ways:
- To provide further information about our work, services, activities or products you have requested
- To process and acknowledge donations or payments we have received from you
- To further our charitable aims, including fundraising activities
- Handle orders, deliver products and communicate with you about your order
- To record your gifts of money or the sale of goods you donated to our shops and, if appropriate, to reclaim tax paid on these through the Gift Aid scheme
- To keep a record and breakdown of our fundraising income which we may analyse to help us improve income in future years
- For a period of three years following your most recent donation to send you newsletters and fundraising information unless you choose not to receive these
- To fulfil sales made online or through our shops
- To invite voluntary participation in research or surveys
- To register, administer and personalise online tribute pages on our website
- To register and administer your participation in events for which you have registered
- To analyse and improve our work, services, activities, products or information (including our website) or for our internal records
- Use IP addresses and monitor website use to identify locations, block disruptive use, record website traffic or personalise the way information is presented to you
- To enable your use of the services available on our website
- To send you non-marketing communications
- To send you email notifications you have specifically requested
- To send you our email newsletter, if you have requested it (you can opt out of receiving our email newsletter at any time)
- To provide third parties with statistical information about our website users (but those third parties will not be able to identify any individual user from that information)
- To deal with any enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to our website
- To keep our website secure and prevent fraud
- To verify compliance with the terms and conditions governing the use of our website
- For administration purposes
- For fraud prevention, credit risk reduction or otherwise as required by law or regulation
- To carry out research on the demographics, interests and behaviour of our supporters to help us gain a better understanding of them and to enable us to improve our services. This research may be carried out internally by us or we may ask another reputable company to carry out this work for us.
- Fundraising in support of Martlets is an important part of our charitable work so we or a trusted partner may undertake research or analysis to support us financially. We will only use the information that we hold on record for you or available in the public domain, to ensure that we are sending you relevant marketing communications based on your support and relationship with Martlets and to enable us to notify you of similar activities that you might be interested in.
- We also collect information about how our website is used and track which pages users visit when they follow links in Martlets emails. We use this information to monitor and improve our website, services and activities e.g. to personalise website presentation or to see which services or events are of most interest. Where possible we use anonymous or aggregated data that does not identify individuals
- Your data may also be available to our website provider to enable us and them to carry out analysis and research on demographics, interests, and behaviour of our users and supporters to help us gain a better understanding of them to enable us to improve our services. This may include connecting data we receive from you on the website to data available from other sources. Your personally identifiable data will only be used where it is necessary for the analysis required, and where your interests for privacy are not deemed to outweigh their legitimate interest in developing new services for us.
We do not collect special category data such as disclosure of a health condition or age, about our supporters unless there is a legitimate and/or legal reason for this (for example, if you participate in an event for which we may need to provide support, or if you wish to play the lottery).
The General Data Protection Act applies from 25th May 2018 and we will be asking you to opt in to receive marketing communications for E-Mail, SMS and Telephone. We will continue to send you Marketing and Fundraising information through the post as to how your support makes a difference. However, if you would prefer not to hear from us you can contact us via our or by calling us on 01273 747455 between 9am – 5pm, weekdays, write to us at Martlets Hospice, Wayfield Avenue Hove East Sussex BN3 7LW, for the attention of Fundraising, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service users and family and friends
The lawful basis for processing service users and next of kin data is the legitimate purpose of providing a health and care service. Special category data held on service users is processed for the purposes of providing a health and care service. If you, a relative or a friend, are cared for or supported by Martlets Hospice, the special category data you provide to us will be used only for the purposes of offering access to and providing you with services including bereavement support, for training/professional development of our staff or for monitoring and improving the quality and efficacy of our services. Martlets Hospice will not disclose your personal information to any third party without your consent, except in the following circumstances:
- To health and social care professionals and organisations involved in the provision of your care, and always within the appropriate regulations governing sharing of your health records.
- Exceptionally, to professional bodies or otherwise as required by law, regulation or codes of practice.
We will not use your information for other purposes without your permission. If you tell us about your own experience with terminal illness or the experience of someone else we will explain how we will use that information. If you don’t want us to use such information for other purposes or change your mind at any time, it will not affect any services we provide. If you receive education, training or mentoring we will use your personal details only for the purposes of offering access to and providing you with such services.
Employees and volunteers
The lawful basis for processing employee and volunteer data is the legitimate purpose of managing the relationship between the Hospice and the employee or volunteer. We use the information collected on our employee and volunteer application forms to identify if you are suitable to work for or volunteer with Martlets. If your application is unsuccessful we dispose of your data within six months. If your application is successful we will retain a copy of your application form and your data will be stored electronically to allow us to manage the employment or volunteering relationship we have with you. If you cease to be employed or volunteer by Martlets we will retain your personal data for a period of six years.
During the course of your employment or volunteering period, we may monitor your use of our IT systems and data bases to ensure appropriate use for data security purposes.
How do we use financial information?
Storing and processing of information of your payments
Martlets adheres to the compliance of the use of card information to industry standards including: Payment Card Industry (PCI) and Data Security Standard (DSS). We only use Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant providers to collect the data on our behalf. When you use our secure online donation or payment pages you will be directed to a specialist supplier company, who will receive your credit card number and contact information to process the transaction. We do not retain your credit or debit card details. We never keep your credit card or debit card number on our database. Once processed these are destroyed and removed from any forms. We will take payment details from you if you choose to donate or support us in another way financially. We also take payments by cheques and cash. We will record amounts and cheque information for processing purposes.
Goods that you donate for us to sell in our charity shops
We are very grateful for the goods that you donate to our shops to sell to raise funds for the charity. We may ask for your details to claim Gift Aid on your donations. It is your choice if you give us this information.
Sharing your information
We will only share information with any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers (including specifically the provider and host of our website or other subcontractors) where we have your permission to do so in accordance with this privacy notice, where it is necessary for a legitimate reason connected with the services we offer or where it is required by law or regulation. For our service users, we will only share your information with family and friends with your consent.
We may disclose your personal information to any member of our group of companies (this means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and all its subsidiaries) insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.
We use Microsoft Office 365, which is a multi-tenant cloud service, for our internal office use; this means that internal documents and information which are generated at Martlets are stored in cloud services which are hosted within the EEA.
Exceptionally, we may use tools or services which process data outside of the immediate EEA, but only in additional countries which are considered by the EU as having adequate data protection laws.
Additional information for supporters
We work with carefully-selected partners who carry out work on our behalf. These partners include mailing houses, marketing agencies, IT specialists and research firms. The kind of work we may ask them to do includes processing, packaging, mailing and delivering purchases, answering questions about products or services, sending postal mail, emails and text messages, carrying out research or analysis and processing card payments. We only choose partners we can trust. We will only pass personal data to them if they have signed a contract that requires them to:
- abide by the requirements of current data protection legislation
- treat your information as carefully as we would
- only use the information for the purposes it was supplied (and not for their own purposes or the purposes of any other organization)
- allow us to carry out checks to ensure they are doing all these things. We will never sell your data to any third party.
We will not share your details with other charities for marketing purposes.
We place a great importance on the security of all personally identifiable information associated with our supporters, customers and users. We have security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of personal data under our control. For example, only authorized personnel can access user information and we use secure server software (SSL) to encrypt financial and personal information you input before it is sent to us. However we cannot ensure or guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration of data will not occur while it is under our control.
Where you or we have provided a password enabling you to access parts of our websites or use our services, it is your responsibility to keep this password confidential. Please do not share your password with anyone.
After you have received the services, goods or information you require, we will store your information according to our retention schedule, in line with current data protection legislation. We do not communicate with people that have asked us not to. We will always dispose of information securely, using specialist companies if necessary.
Your updates and preferences
It is important that we keep your personal information up to date. If at any time your circumstances change, you can contact us via email (email@example.com), via our telephone 01273 747455 between 9am – 5pm weekdays, or write to us at Martlets Hospice, Wayfield Avenue, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 7LW, for the attention of Fundraising.
For marketing and communication purposes, registering with the free Telephone Preference Service gives you the opportunity to opt out of receiving unsolicited calls. The Mailing Preference Service will enable you to register to have your name taken off direct mailing lists. You can also register your preferences with the Fundraising Preference Services.
You have the following rights with regard to the data we store about you within legal parameters:
- The right to be informed
- The right of access
- The right to rectification
- The right to erase
- The right to restrict processing
- The right to data portability
- The right to object
If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please contact us for more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, telephoning 01273 747455 between 9am - 5pm weekdays, or writing to us at Martlets Hospice, Wayfield Avenue, Hove East Sussex BN3 7LW, for the attention of Fundraising.
Right of access and complaints
You have the right to ask us for a copy of the personal information we hold about you or ask us to change it if you think it is wrong. Please contact us for more information by emailing email@example.com, telephoning 01273 747455 between 9am - 5pm weekdays, or writing to us at Martlets Hospice, Wayfield Avenue, Hove East Sussex BN3 7LW, for the attention of Fundraising.
If you are unhappy with our use of your personal data, we urge you in the first instance to contact us. You can also read our Complaints Policy. You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Links and third parties
This privacy notice only applies to Martlets and its subsidiary companies. We ensure any third parties we work with are fully compliant with current data protection legislation. You can read the privacy notices of our partner companies when you link through to them (for example, to donate, register for an event or pay in the online shop).
We may process your personal information for carefully considered and specific purposes which are in our interest and enable us to enhance the services we provide, but which we believe also benefit you our very kind supporters.
Please see below for some of these interests and when we may process your information in this way:
- Where the processing enables us to enhance, modify, personalise or otherwise improve our services/communications for the benefit of our supporters.
- To enhance the security of our network and information systems
- To better understand how people interact with our websites
- To provide postal communications which we think will be of interest to you
- To determine the effectiveness of promotional campaigns and advertising
- To inform our supporters as to how your monies raised are spent on providing a health and care service at Martlets
Whenever we process data for these purposes we will ensure that we always keep your Personal data rights in very high regard. You have the right to object to this processing if you wish, and if you do wish to do so please click here.
We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.
You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes to this policy.
We may notify you of changes to this policy by email.
Glossary of terms
Personal Data: any information relating to a living person who can be directly or indirectly identified by reference to an identifier.
Special Category Data: personal data which is classed as more sensitive so, therefore, requires more protection. For example, information about a person's race, ethnic origin, politics, religion, trade union membership, genetics, biometrics, health, sex life or sexual orientation.
COVID-19 and your information - Updated on 9th July 2020
Coronavirus test and trace privacy notice
As you will be aware the government has announced that it is rolling out the ‘Test and Trace’ programme across the country as part of the plan to manage the coronavirus. We want you to be aware of the requirements of the programme and so have copied out below the steps the Test and Trace service will follow. Please make sure you familiarise yourself with this note – it contains important information about what the service will ask for and what it will not ask for.
It is possible that our staff members will be contacted to give information about who they have been in contact with and be asked for names and contact details. We may also be asked for details about anyone in the organisation who has tested positive for the virus including visitors and staff. We have a duty to comply with this and want you to be aware that we may have to share this information. If we do, we will keep a record of what information we have shared and with whom and will limit information to that listed in the government note below:
NHS test and trace guidance
When the test and trace service contacts you
If the NHS test and trace service contacts you, the service will use text messages, email or phone.
All texts or emails will ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website. If NHS test and trace calls you by phone, the service will be using a single phone number: 0300 013 5000.
All information you provide to the NHS test and trace service is held in strict confidence and will only be kept and used in line with the Data Protection Act 2018.
Contact tracers will:
- call you from 0300 013 5000 · send you text messages from ‘NHS’
- ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website
- ask for your full name and date of birth to confirm your identity, and postcode to offer support while self-isolating
- ask about the coronavirus symptoms you have been experiencing
- ask you to provide the name, telephone number and/or email address of anyone you have had close contact with in the two days prior to your symptoms starting
- ask if anyone you have been in contact with is under 18 or lives outside of England
Contact tracers will never:
- ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
- ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
- ask for any details about your bank account
- ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
- ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
- disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts
- provide medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms
- ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
- ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS
What they will ask you
- if you have family members or other household members living with you. In line with the medical advice they must remain in self-isolation for the rest of the 14-day period from when your symptoms began
- if you have had any close contact with anyone other than members of your household. Contact tracers are interested in in the 48 hours before you developed symptoms and the time since you developed symptoms. Close contact means:
- having face-to-face contact with someone (less than one metre away)
- spending more than 15 minutes within two metres of someone
- travelling in a car or other small vehicle with someone (even on a short journey) or close to them on a plane
- if you work in – or have recently visited – a setting with other people (for example, a GP surgery, a school or a workplace)
Contact tracers will ask you to provide, where possible, the names and contact details (for example, email address, telephone number) for the people you have had close contact with. As with your own details these will be held in strict confidence and will be kept and used only in line with data protection laws.
How this information is used
Based on the information you provide, contact tracers will assess whether they need to alert your contacts and ask them to self-isolate.
They may refer the case to local public health experts if your case is complex, for example, if you work in or have recently visited:
- a health or care setting, such as a hospital or care home
- a prison or other secure setting
- a school for people with special needs
- critical national infrastructure or areas vital for national security
Local public health experts are Public Health England staff and teams employed by your local authority who work together with all parts of the local community to prevent or respond to local outbreaks.
COVID-19 and your information – Updated on 17th April 2020
Supplementary privacy notice on Covid-19 for Patients
This notice describes how we may use your information to protect you and others during the Covid-19 outbreak. It supplements our main Privacy Notice which is available above.
The health and social care system is facing significant pressures due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Health and care information is essential to deliver care to individuals, to support health and social care services and to protect public health. Information will also be vital in researching, monitoring, tracking and managing the outbreak. In the current emergency it has become even more important to share health and care information across relevant organisations.
Existing law which allows confidential patient information to be used and shared appropriately and lawfully in a public health emergency is being used during this outbreak. Using this law the Secretary of State has required NHS Digital, NHS England and Improvement, Arm's Length Bodies (such as Public Health England), local authorities, health organisations and GPs to share confidential patient information to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak. Any information used or shared during the Covid-19 outbreak will be limited to the period of the outbreak unless there is another legal basis to use the data. Further information is available on gov.uk here and some FAQs on this law are available here.
During this period of emergency, opt-outs will not generally apply to the data used to support the Covid-19 outbreak, due to the public interest in sharing information. This includes National Data Opt-Outs. However in relation to the Summary Care Record, existing choices will be respected. Where data is used and shared under these laws your right to have personal data erased will also not apply. It may also take us longer to respond to Subject Access Requests (SARs) and new opt out requests whilst we focus our efforts on responding to the outbreak.
In order to look after your health and care needs we may share your confidential patient information including health and care records with clinical and non-clinical staff in other health and care providers, for example neighbouring GP practices, hospitals and NHS 111. We may also use the details we have to send public health messages to you, either by phone, text message or email.
During this period of emergency we may offer you a consultation via telephone or video conferencing. By accepting the invitation and entering the consultation you are consenting to this. Your personal/confidential patient information will be safeguarded in the same way it would with any other consultation.
We will also be required to share personal confidential patient information with health and care organisations and other bodies engaged in disease surveillance for the purposes of protecting public health, providing healthcare services to the public and monitoring and managing the outbreak. Further information about how health and care data is being used and shared by other NHS and social care organisations in a variety of ways to support the Covid-19 response is here.
NHS England and Improvement and the NHSX have developed a single, secure store to gather data from across the health and care system to information the Covid-19 response. This includes data already collected by NHS England, NHS Improvement, Public Health England and NHS Digital. New data will include 999 call data, data about hospital occupancy and A&E capacity data as well as data provided by patient themselves. All the data held in the platform is subject to strict controls that meet the requirements of data protection legislation.
In such circumstances where you tell us you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms we may need to collect specific health data about you. Where we need to do so, we will not collect more information than we require, and we will ensure that any information collected is treated with the appropriate safeguards.