Privacy Statement

CTRC is sensitive to privacy issues on the Internet. We believe that it is important you know how we treat the information about you that we receive on the Internet.

Information Collected

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Information for Participants

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is the sponsor for this study based in the United Kingdom; they have delegated the day-to-day management of the study to the Clinical Trials Research Centre (CTRC), which is part of the University of Liverpool. The University of Nottingham has contributed to the design of the study, in particular the type of data we need to collect.

We will be using information from you and your medical records in order to undertake this study and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, University of Liverpool and University of Nottingham will act as the data controllers for this study during the lifetime of the study. This means that University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, University of Liverpool and University of Nottingham are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly.

[In addition, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust OR University of Liverpool] will keep identifiable information about you for 15 years after the study has finished, and will be the data controller during this period.

Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible.

You can find out more about how we use your information in the “How we use your information” section at the end of this page.

Your NHS hospital will collect information from you and/or your medical records for this research study in accordance with our instructions.

Your NHS hospital will use your name, NHS number and contact details to contact you about the research study, and make sure that relevant information about the study is recorded for your care, and to oversee the quality of the study. Individuals University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, University of Liverpool and University of Nottingham and regulatory organisations may look at your medical and research records to check the accuracy of the research study. Your NHS hospital will pass these details to the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, University of Liverpool and University of Nottingham along with the information collected from you and your medical records. The only people in University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, University of Liverpool and University of Nottingham who will have access to information that identifies you will be employees of [University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and/or University of Liverpool] who need to confirm your participation in the study or audit the data collection process. The members of the research team who actually analyse the information for the purposes of the study will not use data that identifies you and will not attempt to identify you or find out your name, or contact details, from the data made available to them.

Data that identifies you will only be held by University of Liverpool during the study, and by [University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust OR University of Liverpool] for 15 years after the study has finished.

Your NHS hospital will keep identifiable information about you from this study for 15 years after the study has finished.

When you agree to take part in a research study, the information about your health and care may be provided to researchers running other research studies in this organisation and in other organisations. These organisations may be universities, NHS organisations or companies involved in health and care research in this country or abroad. Your information will only be used by organisations and researchers to conduct research in accordance with the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.

This information will not identify you and will not be combined with other information in a way that could identify you. The information will only be used for the purpose of health and care research, and cannot be used to contact you or to affect your care. It will not be used to make decisions about future services available to you, such as insurance.

How we use your information

The University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, University of Liverpool and University of Nottingham take great care to abide by our legal and moral obligations when handling your personal and healthcare data. Due to changes introduced in the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we would like to provide you with information on the lawful basis on which we are processing your data. The lawful basis for the processing of your personal data for the research study which you have participated in is a “task in the public interest”.

As a NHS organisation/University, the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, University of Liverpool and University of Nottingham uses personally-identifiable information to conduct research to improve health, care and services. As publicly-funded organisations, we have to ensure that it is in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information from people who have agreed to take part in research. This means that when you agree to take part in a research study, we will use your data in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study. Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible.

Health and care research should serve the public interest, which means that we have to demonstrate that our research serves the interests of society as a whole. We do this by following the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officers who will investigate the matter. University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is the sponsor of the Study, accordingly please contact the Data Protection Officer at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Our Data Protection Officers can be contacted at:

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