An introduction to Data Protection and Freedom of Information
As the organisation responsible for deciding how and why personal data relating to doctors undergoing appraisal is to be processed, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) assumes responsibility as the Data Controller for the Medical Appraisal Scheme in Scotland. This means that NES is responsible for the overall compliance of the scheme in terms of the Data Protection Act 1998.
Primary and Secondary Care NHS Boards are Data Processors under this scheme. As such, Boards are expected to handle all personal information and appraisal paperwork / forms relating to the appraisal interview and the appraisal process in accordance with these guidelines. Notwithstanding, Boards should note that they retain the responsibilities of Data Controller in relation to the employment records and associated personal information they may hold on Appraisers in their employment.
NES also handles personal information about Appraisers, particularly the information that is received on Appraisers' performance via the Appraiser and Appraisee Feedback Forms. Details of how NES handles this information are given in Appendix B of Data Protection and Confidentiality: Guidelines for Medical Appraisers & Local Appraisal Advisers / Leads employed under the Medical Appraisal Scheme in Scotland below.
Appraisers and Local Appraisal Advisers / Leads are also Data Processors under this scheme. This means that all Appraisers and Local Appraisal Advisers / Leads engaged by Boards to participate in the scheme are expected to handle all personal appraisal data and appraisal paperwork / forms in accordance with the guidelines set out by NES in this document.
Guidelines for Medical Appraisers, Local Appraisal Advisers and Local Appraisal Leads employed under the Medical Appraisal Scheme in Scotland
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