Privacy and Cookies policy

This privacy and cookies policy only applies to this Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service (MPTS) website at http://www.mpts-uk.org. Links within this site to other websites are not covered by the policy.

This statement outlines how we will use and protect information that you provide us about yourself.

  1. How we use your personal data
  2. Your rights under the Data Protection Act 1998
  3. Use of cookies
  4. Website security: how we protect your information

1. How we will use your personal data

We may collect personal information about you if you take part in a consultation or if your details are passed to us in relation to any of our tribunal functions.

Data relating to doctors

We will use this information for the following purposes:

  • To compile statistics
  • We will supply information to the Department of Health, professional, education and training bodies so they can compile statistics
  • We may retain your details on file and may disclose that information to overseas regulators in the EEA and elsewhere.

We may be asked to provide doctors’ personal data (including registered address and details of sanctions made against a doctor) to other organisations so they can keep their records up to date. We will only do so where we are satisfied the doctor has already provided consent or where it is otherwise required for the MPTS to fulfil our statutory duties.

Data relating to complainants and other parties

We will use this information for the following purposes:

  • To compile statistics
  • We will supply information to the Department of Health, professional, education and training bodies so they can compile statistics

Third party service providers

We have contracts with other organisations (or Third Parties) to carry out certain activities or services on our behalf. If we need to pass any of your personal data to them we will make sure that:

  • They are only provided with the information they need to carry out the service
  • They agree not to use the information received from us for any other purpose than those specified by us
  • They have the proper systems in place to protect personal data

Consultation

We invite your feedback about the site and, from time to time, we may use the site to carry out electronic consultation exercises. If you send comments to us via the site we will collect your comments and your contact details for the purposes of relevant consultations.

2. Your rights under the Data Protection Act 1998

You may obtain confirmation of the basic information that we hold about you at any time. If it is incorrect we will promptly correct it when we have received the appropriate notice or evidence from you in writing.

You are also able to make a request for any information that we hold about you under section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998. This request must be made in writing. We ordinarily charge £10 for these requests.

3. Use of Cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally. In some cases we may record your computer’s IP address in a cookie so that we are able to remember your preferences when visiting our website.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with the MPTS’ services so we can make them better

We use two types of cookies, session cookies and persistent cookies.

Session Cookies are stored only for the duration of your visit to the website and these are deleted from your device when your browsing session ends. Persistent Cookies  are stored on your device for a fixed period.

Persistent cookies are used where we need to know who you are for more than one usage session. For example, if you have asked us to remember preferences like your location or your username.

How to control and delete cookies

If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set.

If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

The MPTS is subject to the EC Privacy and Electronic Communications directive, otherwise known as the “E-privacy directive”. As part of our approach to being compliant with this directive we are keen to show the cookies currently in use on the MPTS website. This is our current position and we will continue to review this over the coming weeks.  

The information below details the cookies used on the MPTS website.

First party cookies

The following cookies are set by the MPTS.  

The MPTS website [www.mpts-uk.org]

Name    Purpose Cookie type
WT_FPC This is our analytics provider Webtrends’ cookie used to collect information about which pages are popular and number of visitors to our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. Persistent
ASP.NET_SessionId This cookie is necessary for site functionality. Session
GMCAcceptCookie This is set when you click on 'Accept cookies' Persistent

Third Party Cookies

The following cookies are set by third parties who provide a service to the MPTS:

The MPTS website [www.mpts-uk.org]

Name Purpose Cookie type
WEBTRENDS_ID This is our analytics provider Webtrends’ cookie used to collect information about which pages are popular and number of visitors to our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. Persistent
ACOOKIE This is our analytics provider Webtrends’ cookie used to collect information about which pages are popular and number of visitors to our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. Persistent

4. Website security: how we protect your information

We are careful to guard the security of your personal data and the details of any transactions you make with us over the Internet.

We do this by putting in place and carefully administering a secure IT infrastructure in accordance with industry standards and best practice. We also arrange for audit of our systems by independent experts.

If you have any comments on how we can improve the website, please let us know.