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What is GDPR Training?

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These EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) training courses are aimed at almost all professionals who work in health, adult care or the third sector. From May 25th 2018, anyone who handles the personal data of an EU citizen (whether a service user, staff member, supplier or someone else) will be required to ensure that their data protection and cyber-security processes meet certified EU standards. Professionals who are likely to fall under the GDPR’s remit include general practitioners (GPs), medical administrators, board or management staff and more, while training for nurses is also advisable. GDPR training includes topics such as risk assessment and security awareness. Other training aimed at a specific sector may also be necessary.

GDPR training courses provide guidance on how to comply with the privacy regulations surrounding the protection of personal data.

GDPR training aims to improve the management and security of key data, such as that of staff and patients, in order to avoid inaccurate or inappropriate disclosure.

How to get hired for GDPR jobs

GDPR training courses are crucial for anyone who works in healthcare to get hired for GDPR jobs. The most important things to show on your CV are:

  • Experience of handling and maintaining data security and access agreements
  • Knowledge of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Knowledge of processes and procedures relating to GDPR

As the GDPR kicked in from 25th May 2018, only the top tier candidates who have successfully completed the relevant training courses are likely to get hired for GDPR jobs. In addition to the GDPR websites, CVs and applications, they will need to submit proof of their compliance with the GDPR, so potential employers can be sure that their data protection and cyber-security processes are meeting certified EU standards.

Because the GDPR is a regulation and not a directive (as had been previously feared), there is no need to submit new DPA (Data Protection Act) statements or new DPIAs (Data Protection Impact Assessments) with the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office). Although DPA statements and DPIAs are now redundant, employers can still make use of them before the 25th May 2018 to compare how well their data protection processes are compliant with the GDPR.

Healthcare employers can now decide to support GDPR training courses through employees, which will result in them being able to follow the guidance and instructions issued by regulators. There is no need for all employees to be directly involved in the data protection regulation and cyber-security processes, particularly because only the roles and responsibilities of certain staff are crucial to the protection of patient data.

What are the consequences of the GDPR?

If you are a person in a position which ensures the security of data, and you notice a violation, you are required by law to take action to end the illegal action within 72 hours.

If you are a person in a position of responsibility, and you know of a violation of the regulation, you are required by law to take action to end it.

Even if you have not had any significant training in data protection, the GDPR does not require you to understand all the legislation and statutes in full. The Act places the responsibility instead on your employer to take appropriate action.

The ICO themselves have admitted that, with such a complex area of law, they expect to bring fewer prosecution and fines than in the past. If you have completed GDPR training courses ahead of time, you will definitely have less to worry about as you will be compliant with the privacy regulations and will be a safer option for employers to choose for their organisations.

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