Privacy Policy & Cookie Usage

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.

The University of Liverpool is the sponsor for this study based in the United Kingdom. We will be using information from you and your medical records in order to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study. This means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. The University of Liverpool will keep identifiable information about you for 15 years after the study has finished. 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 at the end of this page under “How we use your information” section.

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

Your NHS hospital will use your name 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 from the University of Liverpool 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 of Liverpool along with the information collected from you and your medical records. The only people in the University of Liverpool who will have access to information that identifies you will be people who need to confirm your participation in the study, contact you to arrange a visit fo or audit the data collection process. The people who analyse the information will not attempt to identify you or find out your name, NHS number or contact details.

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 of Liverpool takes 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 university we use personally-identifiable information to conduct research to improve health, care and services. As a publicly-funded organisation, 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 Officer who will investigate the matter. 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 Officer is Victoria Heath and you can contact them at LegalServices@liverpool.ac.uk.