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Privacy Notice for Applicants

General Information


In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we have implemented this privacy notice to inform you, as prospective employees of our organisation, of the types of data we process about you. We also include within this notice the reasons for processing your data, the lawful basis that permits us to process it, how long we keep your data for and your rights regarding your data.

The type of personal information we collect

We keep several categories of personal data on our prospective employees in order to carry out effective and efficient processes.

We keep this data in recruitment files relating to each employee and we also hold the data within our computer systems, for example, recruitment records.


Specifically, we hold the following types of data:

  • Personal details such as name, address, phone numbers.

  • Name and contact details of your next of kin.

  • Your photograph.

  • Your gender, marital status, information of any disability you have, or other medical information.

  • Right to work documentation.

  • Information on your race and religion for equality monitoring purposes.

  • Information gathered via the recruitment process such as that entered into a CV or included in a CV cover letter.

Collecting your Data

You provide much of the data to us directly during the recruitment process. 

In some cases, we will collect data about you from third parties, such as employment agencies, former employers (when gathering references) or credit reference agencies.

Should you be successful in your job application, we will gather further information from you, for example, your bank details and next of kin details, once your employment begins.

Lawful Basis for Processing


The law on data protection allows us to process your data for certain reasons only.

The information below categorises the types of data processing we undertake and the lawful basis we rely on.


  • Activity requiring your data - Lawful basis

  • Carrying out checks in relation to your right to work in the UK - Legal obligation

  • Making reasonable adjustments for disabled employees - Legal obligation

  • Making recruitment decisions in relation to both initial and subsequent employment e.g. promotion - Our legitimate interests

  • Making decisions about salary and other benefits - Our legitimate interests

  • Making decisions about contractual benefits to provide to you - Our legitimate interests

  • Assessing training needs - Our legitimate interests

  • Dealing with legal claims made against us - Our legitimate interests

  • Preventing fraud - Our legitimate interests

Special Categories of Data

  • Special categories of data are data relating to your:

  • Health

  • Lifestyle choices

  • Race

  • Ethnic origin

  • Religion

  • Genetic and biometric data.


We carry out processing activities using special category data:


  • For the purposes of equal opportunities monitoring

  • To determine reasonable adjustments

  • Most commonly, we will process special categories of data when the following applies:

  • You have given explicit consent to the processing

  • We must process the data in order to carry out our legal obligations

  • We must process data for reasons of substantial public interest

  • You have already made the data public.


Failure to Provide Data


Your failure to provide us with data may mean that we are unable to fulfill our requirements for entering into a contract of employment with you. This could include being unable to offer you employment or administer contractual benefits.


Criminal Convictions Data


We will only collect criminal conviction data where it is appropriate given the nature of your role and where the law permits us. This data will usually be collected at the recruitment stage, however, may also be collected during your employment. We use criminal conviction data to determine your suitability or your continued suitability for the role. We rely on the lawful basis of making recruitment decisions in relation to both initial and subsequent employment to process this data.


Who we Share your Data with


Employees within our company who have responsibility for recruitment will have access to your data which is relevant to their function. All employees with such responsibility have been trained in ensuring data is processed in line with GDPR.

Data is shared with third parties for the following reasons: payroll, pensions, HR advice, occupational health. 

We also share your data with partner organisations when it is necessary for you to complete the daily tasks that are part of your role. This includes:

  • For access to NHS systems.

  • The creation of an NHS email account.

  • The creation of NHS smart cards.

  • For training purposes. 

We may also share your data with third parties as part of a Company sale or restructure, or for other reasons to comply with a legal obligation upon us.

We have a data processing agreement in place with such third parties to ensure data is not compromised. Third parties must implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security of your data.

We do not share your data with bodies outside of the European Economic Area.


Protecting your Data


We are aware of the requirement to ensure your data is protected against accidental loss or disclosure, destruction and abuse. We have implemented processes to guard against such.


Retention Period


We only keep your data for as long as we need it for, which, in relation to unsuccessful candidates, is six months to a year.

If your application is not successful and we have not sought consent or you have not provided consent upon our request to keep your data for the purpose of future suitable job vacancies, we will keep your data for six months once the recruitment exercise ends.

If we have sought your consent to keep your data on file for future job vacancies, and you have provided consent, we will keep your data for nine months once the recruitment exercise ends. At the end of this period, we will delete or destroy your data, unless you have already withdrawn your consent to our processing of your data in which case it will be deleted or destroyed upon your withdrawal of consent.

Where you have provided consent to our use of your data, you also have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This means that we will stop processing your data and there will be no consequences of withdrawing consent.


If your application is successful, your data will be kept and transferred to the systems we administer for employees. We have a separate privacy notice for employees, which will be provided to you.

Automated Decision Making

Automated decision-making means making decisions about you using no human involvement e.g. using computerised filtering equipment. No decision will be made about you on the basis of automated decision-making.

Your Rights


You have the following rights in relation to the personal data we hold on you:

  • The right to be informed about the data we hold on you and what we do with it.

  • The right of access to the data we hold on you. We operate a separate Subject Access Request policy and all such requests will be dealt with accordingly.

  • The right for any inaccuracies in the data we hold on you, however, they come to light, to be corrected. This is also known as ‘rectification'.

  • The right to have data deleted in certain circumstances. This is also known as ‘erasure’.

  • The right to restrict the processing of the data.

  • The right to transfer the data we hold on you to another party. This is also known as ‘portability’.

  • The right to object to the inclusion of any information.

  • The right to regulate any automated decision-making and profiling of personal data.


In addition to the above rights, you also have the unrestricted right to withdraw consent, that you have previously provided, to our processing of your data at any time.


Withdrawing your consent means that we will stop processing the data that you had previously given us consent to use. There will be no consequences for withdrawing your consent.

However, in some cases, we may continue to use the data where so permitted by having a legitimate reason for doing so.

If you wish to exercise any of the rights explained above, please contact Jason Hobbs (email:

Making A Complaint

If you have any concerns about our use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to us at:


PatientFirst Social Enterprise

50c Romford Road


E15 4BZ

020 8519 3606


If you think your data rights have been breached, you are able to raise a complaint with the Information Commissioner (ICO). You can contact the ICO at:


Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Telephone: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745

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