The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest trusts, delivering care to more than 1.6 million patients each year in three main hospitals; Royal Free Hospital, Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital in addition to a network of clinics provided at other trusts’ hospitals and community sites.
We have been pioneering research and treatments since 1828 and continue to lead improvements in healthcare in the 21st century, from targeted cancer therapies to new surgical procedures. As well as offering an exceptionally wide range of services to patients, we are a campus of University College Medical School and conduct important medical research, much of it of international status. A founding member of the academic health science network UCL Partners, we also train doctors, nurses, midwives and many other clinical and non-clinical professionals.
For many years the Royal Free London has had some of the lowest mortality rates in the UK and currently mortality is 2nd lowest. The RFL is one of the first NHS trusts to require staff to be “bare below the elbows” which has ensured their continuing excellent record in infection control.
Data Protection Legislation & the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), effective as of 25 May, 2018
As a matter of law, the Trust and all staff are to observe the requirements established under GDPR as it replaced the Data Protection Act 1998. This applies to all data sets, whether for patients or employees. Whilst many of the principles remain the same, the GDPR has placed stricter requirements on controllers and processors of personal data.
We continue to have a legal duty of confidence to protect personal information under contractual responsibilities, as well as complying with the common law duty of confidence and the NHS Care Record Guarantee.