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Privacy notice - Health Determinants Research Collaboration

Who are we and what do we do?


Middlesbrough Council hosts the South Tees Health Determinants Research Collaboration (including Redcar and Cleveland Council) in partnership with Teesside University. The Health Determinants Research Collaboration is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research, and its purpose is to enable local authorities to become more research-active and embed a culture of evidence-based decision making.

What type of personal data do we collect and how do we collect it?


We collect personal data including name, contact details such as email address and telephone number, organisation you work for and professional role or department, and areas of interest in research. We collect this information directly from you and we also receive it from our partners.

How the Law allows us to use your personal data


We use personal data to help us to deliver our 'public tasks'. The law that supports this work is the NHS Act 2006.

What is your personal data used for?


We use personal data to contact you about research opportunities, specific research projects, and collaboration opportunities to establish our research framework.

Will your personal data be shared?


We may share personal data with Health Determinants Research Collaboration partners but only for the purpose set out above.

How do we keep your personal data secure?


We use the following measures to ensure that your personal data is secure: data protection and security policies, information security incident reporting, data and device encryption, system and data access controls, user accounts and passwords, physical and environmental security, staff vetting practices, staff training and awareness, data back-ups, ICT network penetration testing, and business continuity and disaster recovery plans.

How long will we keep your personal data?


We keep personal data only as long as necessary. More information about our records retention and disposal schedules can be found on the records retention page.

Is your personal data processed overseas?


We transfer personal data to our online communication service hosted in France, a country that the UK Government has decided provides an 'adequate' level of protection in law.

Marketing and Cookies


We do not use personal data for direct marketing, but we do use it to send public service messages.

What are your information rights?


Your Information Rights are set out in law and, subject to some exceptions, you have the:

  • Right to rectification - to ask for information to be corrected
  • Right to erasure - to have your personal data deleted
  • Right to object - to how your data is used
  • Right to restriction - to request limits on how your data is used
  • Right to portability - to request that we move your data to another organisation
  • Right of subject access - to request a copy of data the Council holds about you

Making a complaint


If you have a concerns about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, you should raise your concern with us in the first instance or directly to the Information Commissioner's Office. Visit the website of the Information Commissioner's Office.



If you would like to discuss anything in this privacy notice or your information rights, please contact:

The Data Protection Officer
Middlesbrough Council
PO Box 500, Middlesbrough, TS1 9FT
Phone: 01642 245432
Email: dataprotection@middlesbrough.gov.uk