Privacy Notice

The Group Therapy Centre is committed to protecting your privacy. To enable us to provide the highest level of service we keep records that contain information about you and your health, and the care and treatment we have provided or plan to provide to you.  We are committed to being fair, transparent and open.

This Privacy Policy explains Who we are, How we receive information about you, and What we do with that information once we have it.

We may make changes to our policy from time to time. Any changes will be updated on our website.

Who we are

We are The Group Therapy Centre, which is a trading name for St. Columba Foundation, charity number 1136632 and Company number 07263550, at 3, Downing Place, Cambridge CB2 3EL. We are a data controller’ for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 and (from 25 May 2018) the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (“Data Protection Law”). This means we’re responsible for how we can use your personal information.

The information we collect

We collect personal information:

  • directly from you.
  • from a third party acting on your behalf with your consent e.g. a GP, Psychiatrist or mental health professional
  • when we generate it ourselves e.g. patient assessment notes
  • from publicly available sources

The information we collect from you is considered a special category of personal data and we process this information in accordance with Article 9 section (iii) the provision of Health or Social Care.  GDPR requires obligations of confidentiality which is covered by our therapists’ code of conduct.

How we’ll use your information

We will use your information in order to provide therapy services to you. We will only use information collected lawfully in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (“Data Protection Law”) and will not use any information we may hold about you for any purpose other than that for which it was collected, unless we have gained your consent. We do not sell personal information. 

Who we can share your information with

We have a legal obligation to share information with you upon request. With your consent, we may share your information with other organisations we work in partnership with such as the CCG.

There are, however, some instances where patients cannot opt out of having their information shared and this information may be shared without explicit or implied consent. These instances may include:

  • Where the sharing is mandated by law or court order
  • Where there are sufficient safeguarding or vulnerability concerns
  • For the health and safety of others.

How long we’ll keep your information

We’ll keep your information in a safe and secure environment for as long as you have a relationship with us and then for 8 years.

Your rights

You have a number of rights relating to your information e.g. to see what we hold, to ask us to share it with another party, ask us to update incorrect or incomplete details, to object to or restrict processing of it, to make a complaint etc.


If you have any further questions after reading this notice, please contact us by either:

Email at Call on 01223 357221 or

Write to us at 3, Downing Place, Cambridge CB2 3EL.