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GDPR one year on

GDPR one year on

In May 2018 the EU General Data Protection Regulations – or GDPR – came into force. The new regulations signalled a step change in the way that personal data could be handled. Businesses from global corporations to independent sole traders had to sit up and take notice as the GDPR were set to apply to any business, however large or small. The fines for data breaches were set to be eye wateringly high.

The introduction of the regulations was concerning for many providers of psychological therapy services as practitioners hold so much data about their clients. Lots of questions were suddenly being raised around acceptable ways to contact clients, how long data could be retained for, how data should be securely kept, and what ‘legitimate interest’ really meant for marketing activities and contact with individuals. The GDPR also signalled an increase in the administrative burden of keeping client records. This included managing individual clients’ consent to be contacted, the deletion of client data if a client requested their details to be permanently erased (the ‘right to be forgotten’), and creating a suitable consent form. Getting to grips with data security terminology presented another challenge – what was the difference between a ‘data controller’ and a ‘data processor’? It was hard to know where to start.

Here at Mayden we wanted to help our bacpac clients to navigate the GDPR. We provided a template consent form that therapists could amend for their own practice. We also produced a free eBook setting out the key aspects of the GDPR that therapists would need to be aware of and comply with to get ready for the new regulations. We had already ensured that bacpac was fully GDPR compliant so our existing users could be confident that their client data was safe and secure.

We understand how important it is that therapists comply with the GDPR. A year on from the introduction of the regulations we are keen to understand what the impact has been for therapists and our bacpac clients. We have produced a short survey to gather feedback about how challenging (or not!) the introduction of the GDPR has been. We are also keen to understand if there is anything that bacpac could do to help make compliance even easier for the benefit of you and your clients. We’d love to hear your thoughts so please do take a few moments to complete our survey. Be sure to look out for our next blog where we will be sharing the findings.

User stories: Consolidating our service at West Kent Mind

In this video, West Kent Mind’s lead counsellor and IT manager, Brian Pugsley, shares how the practice uses bacpac in a multi-user environment.

Brian reveals that he no longer has concerns around the security of patient data and the business continuity across multiple locations. He says that using bacpac may even enable further locations to open up!

We’re thrilled to hear that our software is helping such a crucial service and that the therapists love it too.

Thank you for coming to share your story Brian.

GDPR – what does it mean for you?

There’s been a lot of coverage in the media recently about the new EU ruling on data protection – the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), and as therapists and counsellors you might well be wondering what it means for you, your practice and your clients.

Well, as a therapist or counsellor, you are classified under the General Data Protection Regulation as a ‘data controller’ and there are some requirements that you will need to ensure you meet.

The rules and requirements around GDPR are complex, so we thought we’d help shed a bit of light on the subject with this short ebook.

Download GDPR ebook

If you have any questions about your role in GDPR, or how bacpac can support with the new requirements, please feel free to get in touch.

10 things to look for in an online client management system for counsellors

For some counsellors, keeping notes from treatment sessions with their therapy clients can be a doddle. For others it’s a constant administrative challenge of managing paper records and updating various databases and other documents, and manually assessing clients’ progress. Not to mention dealing with the ever present risk of losing a highly confidential client file.

Online client management systems can be a great way of reducing the administrative burden, helping counsellors and therapists to manage their caseloads more efficiently and keep records as safely as any NHS system.

When choosing an online client management system for therapy it really comes down to how you want to manage your client records and what you want a system to do for you. Read our e-book and this will help you to understand what to look for in a client management system.

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