Confidentiality considerations for psychologists who may have Covid-19

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If you test positive for Covid-19 you may be contacted by a contact tracer to find out who could be at risk.

For psychologists, this may include service users where disclosing contact details could be considered a breach of client confidentiality.

While all information you provide to contact tracers will be held in strict confidence and will only be kept and used in line with the Data Protection Act 2018 we recognise that some psychologists may have concerns about sharing this information.

You should check if your employer or organisation has policies or procedures in place to cover how to proceed in this situation.

As tests are not currently 100% accurate, the considerations in this guidance may also be relevant if you have symptoms but have not been tested, been tested but not received a positive result or are awaiting results for Covid-19.

Governments across the UK have begun test, trace and isolate initiatives to protect the health of the public and to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Friday, July 17, 2020
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