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Terms and Conditions

These Terms are the standard terms which apply to the services we provide to you or your child (known as the “Services”), by us, Beyond the Clinic Room (trading name of Dr Charis Green, known as the “Practice”, also referred to as us/we/our). Please read these Business Terms carefully and sign at the end to indicate that you acknowledge and accept these. If you have any questions on any part of this document, please do not hesitate to ask before signing.

 

Beyond the Clinic Room Terms and Conditions 

Professional Information:

  • Dr Charis Green is registered with the United Kingdom’s Health and Care Professions Council, (HCPC). All Clinical Psychologists practising within the UK must be registered with the HCPC. In order to maintain their practising registration, all Clinical Psychologists must continue to demonstrate compliance with a range of HCPC minimum standards of conduct, performance and ethics. www.hcpc-uk.org.

  • All services offered by the Practice are delivered under the regulations in law as specified by the HCPC in the United Kingdom. 

Appointments:

  • Assessments and sessions are made by appointment only. Details of timings and fees shall be made available to you in advance of the appointment. Sessions are generally 50 minutes in length unless a longer initial assessment appointment has been agreed.

  • Initial appointments can be made by emailing or telephoning the practice.

  • Subsequent appointments can be made during your consultation with us or by telephone, email or text.

  • If you know you are going to be late for an appointment, you should contact us to tell us. If you arrive later than 15 minutes after an appointment time, we will try to provide the Services you have booked but if we decide that we cannot, the appointment will be treated as cancelled without notice by you and, if we then decide to make a charge for that appointment cancelled without notice, you will be required to pay the full price of the appointment, less any advance payment already made by you. This is the case no matter whether the appointment is for a face to face, online, or telephone session. We are not able to extend the length of your appointment if you are late as we will have further appointments. 

Online Sessions:

  • Sessions may be provided online via a pre-agreed livestream service (for example Zoom, Teams, WhatsApp, Skype).

  • When using a third-party supplier for online sessions your personal and special category data will be treated in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

  • In some limited circumstances, we may need to suspend the provision of an online session for one or more of the following reasons:

(1) To fix technical problems or to make necessary minor technical changes;

(2) In the event of illness or other circumstances beyond our control.

  • In the event of any of the circumstances listed above occurring, then we will use reasonable endeavours to give as much notice as possible to you.

  • We will not be liable to you for any costs or losses incurred by you as a result of using any third-party online provider for the purposes of attending a session virtually with us. You should make yourself familiar with such providers own terms and conditions and privacy policy.

  • Ahead of your on-line session, we ask you to plan where in your location you will sit for the meeting. It is important that the connection to the internet is as strong as possible.

  • It is important that you ensure the space is private and that you cannot be interrupted or overheard. You are strongly encouraged to make any necessary arrangements with anyone you may normally share the location with to ensure that your protected space can be achieved.

  • Wearing earphones attached to the mobile, laptop or tablet device is helpful in blocking out “feedback” noise and ensuring extra privacy.

Recording of sessions

  • To maintain our high-level professional accreditations, we are required to audio or video record some therapy sessions to be discussed within our clinical supervision. It is important to note that there is no expectation or requirement for you to agree to this, but please let us know if you would feel happy for your session to be recorded for this purpose.

  • You must not record the session without discussing and agreeing this first with us. It is not permitted, under any circumstances, that any agreed recording is shared with others or in any social media platform. 

Cancellations:

  • You may cancel an appointment without charge if you give us at least 48 hours in working days prior notice of the cancellation. If you do so, we will refund to you any sum you paid in advance. For example, cancellations for appointments on Tuesdays have to be communicated to us on Fridays. 

  • Any cancellations made with fewer than 24 hours notice will be charged at the full rate, and cancellations made between 24 and 48 hours notice will be charged at 50% of the full rate. This is the case no matter whether the appointment is for a face to face, online, or telephone session.

  • If you cannot attend in person, an online or telephone consultation will be offered instead.

  • Cancellations with fewer than 48 hours notice, or failures to attend are likely to be counted as one of your designated appointments, where funding is via a health insurance company, your employer or is provided as part of a legal process. You should check with your health insurance policy to ensure you know when they will and will not cover your costs.

  • We may cancel an appointment booked by you at any time before the time and date of that appointment in the following circumstances:

  • The required personnel and/or required materials necessary for the provision of the Services are not available; or an event outside of our reasonable control occurs

  • If we cancel an appointment in such circumstances, we will refund to you in full any advance payment that you have made to us for that appointment.

  • We will use all reasonable endeavours to start the appointment at the time you have booked but the start may be delayed by overrun of a previous appointment or by other circumstances. If a delay to the start is at least 30 minutes you may cancel the appointment and we will refund you in full any deposit or other advance payment that you have made to us for that appointment.

  • Bookings made via telephone/email/website.  Where the contract we make with you is made over the telephone or via email/online booking, the law gives you the rights set out in this paragraph, and they will be in addition to the rights given to you by the above provisions of this section. You may for any reason cancel an appointment made in this way during the 14 day period after we accept the booking. However, if the appointment is on a date which is before the end of that 14 day period and if you have expressly requested us to provide Services at that appointment and we do so, you may not cancel that appointment and you must pay for it in accordance with these terms. If you request that your appointment be cancelled, you must confirm this in any way convenient to you. If you cancel as allowed by this paragraph, and you have already made any payment(s) to us for the appointment, we will refund the payment(s) to you within 14 days of receiving your cancellation.

  • If we are prevented from or delayed in performing our obligations by your act or omission or by any circumstance outside our control, we will not be liable to you for any costs, charges or losses sustained or incurred by you that arise directly or indirectly from such prevention or delay.

  • You must agree to comply at all times with the therapy venue’s policies and rules about that venue (particularly fire safety and health and safety rules). Please observe all signage at the premises.

  • You are responsible for your own belongings that you take to a session and neither us nor any third party venue will be liable for any loss, damage, theft or destruction of any of your belongings.

Fees & Payment:

  • You must pay for all Services in accordance with our current price list either before or upon completion of provision of those Services.

  • The online session rate is £120, and face to face rate £130. 

  • We ask for payment at least 24 hours in advance of the first session to confirm your booking. 

  • We will provide you with details to pay for Services. 

  • Clients are requested to use the reference number on the invoice, so that the payment can be easily identified.

  • All prices of Services shown in the price list are exclusive of VAT (which is not chargeable unless we notify you otherwise).

  • We may alter our prices without prior notice but if the price of any Services increases between the time when you book an appointment and the date of the appointment, the price increase will not apply to your appointment for those Services on that date.

  • Chasing unpaid invoices attracts an administration and interest charge of 8% above the Bank of England base rate from the due date until the final settlement date. We may suspend the provision of our Services to you in the event that any due fees remain unpaid.

Medico-Legal Funding

  • For clients attending therapy as a result of a personal injury or medical negligence claims process, funding will normally be provided via their legal representative. We invoice and collect payment from the legal representative unless otherwise agreed. We invoice for missed or late cancelled (fewer than 24 hours’ notice) appointments unless under exceptional circumstances. Payment for cancelled appointments or for any failure to attend without prior notice may be the client’s own responsibility. We advise medico-legal clients to check with their legal representative what the arrangements for payment are in the event of missed or late-cancelled sessions.

Funding via Employer

  • For clients attending therapy through a direct arrangement with their employer or the employer’s representative, we normally invoice and collect payment from the employer or the representative unless otherwise agreed. 

  • Invoices are sent monthly to the employer or representative. Payment for cancelled appointments or for any failure to attend without prior notice may be the client’s own responsibility. We advise clients to check with their employer or their representative what the arrangements for payment are in the event of missed or late-cancelled sessions.

  • Please note, our commitment to client confidentiality is not affected by who pays for the service provided by us.

Private healthcare funding

  • Dr Charis Green is registered as a clinical practitioner with BUPA. As the insurance policy holder, you are responsible for checking with the insurer how many sessions will be funded and whether you have the responsibility to part-pay the fee.

  • If the Services are being covered by your private healthcare insurance we will need to know the name of your insurance company, your policy number, authorisation code and if there is an excess to pay.

  • We are not a party to any contract between you and your insurance provider.

  • Please note that some insurance companies will not pay for any missed/cancelled appointments, and in such circumstances, you will be fully liable to pay the full costs to us for the missed treatment (see above). You should check your health insurance policy to ensure you know when they will and will not cover your costs.

  • If you are obliged to pay any excess or part payments as part of your health insurance policy, then these will be paid by you directly to us as per the terms set out in the fee section above.

  • In cases where your treatment is being covered in full by a health insurance company then payment of our charges will be made by your health insurance company and the payments terms in this section will not apply to you except of missed treatments (see above).

Confidentiality:

  • The information discussed in our consultations and appointments with you are of a confidential nature. We provide a safe place in which you, or your child, can share your feelings and thoughts with us.

  • We will ensure that any confidential information you or your child disclose to us shall not be disclosed to any person except as permitted in this section.

  • We may disclose confidential information relating to you or your child (i) to other healthcare professionals or social agencies who need to know such information for the purposes of carrying out our services to you; (ii) as may be required by law, a court of competent jurisdiction or any governmental or regulatory authority; and (iii) if we believe that you are at risk of harming yourself or others, in which case we are entitled to report this to the relevant organisation. Where possible any breach of confidentiality related to risk of harm will be discussed with you and/or your child first.

  • We shall not use your confidential information for any purpose other than to perform our obligations under these terms.

  • We shall ensure that any person to whom we disclose your confidential information to in this section also comply with these confidentiality obligations.

  • It is a requirement for all psychological therapists to have regular Clinical Supervision sessions in which they discuss their work in a safe confidential space with an equally or more experienced colleague. All work that is discussed in these sessions is anonymised. Supervisors are bound by the same professional and ethical regulations as our practitioners and do not discuss clinical material outside of the supervisory context.

  • If you or your child is receiving care from another mental health team, with your agreement we will consult with them. If you do not consent to this, we reserve the right to end therapeutic work if we judge we are unable to provide the right care or treatment without this. 

  • We are obliged to inform you referrer (if applicable) of your progress, but the details disclosed will be discussed with you beforehand. We also recommend that you inform your GP about our sessions. We require your GP’s name and surgery address and details of your next of kin/emergency contact person.

  • If a medical or legal professional or social worker requested information from us, we would not release this without your consent unless there was a legal obligation to do so.

  • How We Use Your Personal Information (Data Protection)

  • We will only use your personal information as set out in our Privacy Policy on our website. If you do not have access to the internet we can provide you with a printed version of our Privacy Policy.

  • We are registered as Data Controllers with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as required by the Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018. 

Note keeping and email 

  • Brief notes are made after each session in order to recall information and support our work together. Notes are kept securely, according to the Data Protection Act (2018). These will be kept as electronic password-protected documents on a password-protected computer, or on a secure note keeping system. We will not keep paper copies of any documents.

  • We will store children’s notes for seven years after their 18th birthday in keeping with national guidelines, after which time they will be destroyed. 

  • We retain ownership of the notes but we are happy to discuss their contents with you and you also have a right to access them formally. Should you wish to do this, please contact us in accordance with the Your Rights section of our Privacy Policy. 

  • It is also possible for the courts to access these documents should they need to in relation to a matter of public interest. In this unlikely event, you would be informed of this before the notes were released.

  • [If we need to send emails that contain detailed information about your child’s care (for example to yourself or to your GP), we will attach the information as a password protected word document, with the password sent separately. We would encourage you to do the same if you need to email us detailed information.

Limitation of Liability:

  • We will be responsible for any foreseeable loss or damage that you may suffer as a result of our breach of these terms or as a result of our negligence. Loss or damage is foreseeable if it is an obvious consequence of our breach or negligence or if it is contemplated by you and us when a contract with you is created. We will not be responsible for any loss or damage that is not foreseeable.

  • We provide all Services only for your personal and private use/purposes. We will not be liable to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, interruption to business or for any loss of business opportunity.

  • Nothing in these Business Terms is intended to or will exclude or limit our liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence, or for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.

  • Furthermore, if you are a “consumer” as defined by the Consumer Rights Act 2015, or a consumer for the purposes of any other consumer protection legislation, nothing in these Business Terms is intended to or will exclude, limit, prejudice, or otherwise affect any of our duties or obligations to you, or your rights or remedies, or our liability to you, under the Consumer Rights Act 2015; the Consumer Contracts (Information and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013; the Consumer Protection Act 1987; and any other consumer protection legislation.

  • For more details of your legal rights, please refer to your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau or Trading Standard Office.

  • The Practice does not recommend or make any representation about the efficacy, appropriateness or suitability or any treatments, services or opinions. We cannot guarantee any outcome nor promise to provide a diagnosis. 

Changes to these Terms:

  • We may from time to time change these terms without giving you notice, but we will use our reasonable endeavours to inform you as soon as is reasonably possible of any such change.

Complaints and Standards

  • We are committed to providing as helpful and compassionate a service as possible to meet the needs of all our clients. 

  • We always welcome feedback from our clients and, whilst we shall use all reasonable endeavours to provide a high standard of service, care and treatment to all clients and patients, we nevertheless want to hear from you if you have any cause for complaint. If you have any complaint about our Services or any other complaint about us, please raise the matter Dr Charis Green, who can be contacted on charis@beyondtheclinic.co.uk.

  • You may wish to raise your concern directly with the Health and Care Professions Council, should you feel you have encountered an issue of fitness to practise. This can be done by following this link: https://www.hcpc-uk.org/concerns/raising-concerns/

Crisis management and emergencies 

  • The type of psychological work offered is not suited to managing emergencies or crisis. If you require urgent help between appointments then please contact your GP, use the NHS 111 service for advice, phone 999 or attend A&E. You can also contact the Samaritans’ anonymous helpline on 116 123 or Childline (until you turn 19) on 0800 1111.

Holidays

  • Where possible, we will give you a minimum of 2 weeks notice of any planned holidays dates when our psychologist will be unavailable.

  • We require, where possible, 2 weeks notice of any planned holidays from you.

 

General

  • We reserve the right, at any time, to withdraw therapy and our Services to you based on clinical judgement. In such circumstances, any advance payments will be refunded for any Services not provided.

  • We will not undertake any procedure that is in conflict with any law in force, any voluntary or mandatory code or practice, or any similar rules, regulations or codes.

  • We insist that we do not meet you or your child face to face if you are experiencing symptoms of an infectious illness, e.g. coronavirus, chest infection. Online or telephone sessions can be arranged in lieu, should you or your child be well enough.

  • If you need to contact us between appointments please do so by email or telephone. We do not provide therapeutic support outside of therapy sessions. We aim to respond to emails/voicemails within with two working days, but will respond sooner if we can. 

  • If you have any questions regarding these Business Terms, please do not hesitate to discuss with us, either in a session or by contacting our reception team.

No Waiver

  • No failure or delay by us or you in exercising any rights under these Terms means that we or you waived any right, and not waiver by us or you of a breach of any provision of these Terms means that we or you will waive any subsequent breach of the same or any other provision.

Severance

  • If any provision of these Terms is held by any competent authority to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part the validity of the other provisions of these Terms and the remainder of the provision in question shall not be affected.

Governing law and jurisdiction

  • These Business Terms are subject to the laws of England & Wales and the jurisdiction of the English Courts.

  • As a consumer, you will benefit from any mandatory provisions of the law in your country of residency.

By consenting to the below, you explicitly consent to the following:

  1. Consent for us to record and process the personal and sensitive data (in particular any health conditions) you choose to provide to us in accordance with our Privacy Policy

  2. Consent for us to share your personal and sensitive data with third parties for the purposes of carrying out our services (such as third party suppliers that assist with our practice management – see Privacy Policy for more information).

  3. Consent for us to transfer your personal and sensitive data outside of the EEA (in line with our Privacy Policy).

  4. Parental consent if the client is under the age of 16 to collect and use health data in accordance with our Privacy Policy. 

Thank you.

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