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Freedom of Information
Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000, the public has the right to see information held by public authorities, including NHS organisations.
The Act is designed to increase transparency. Members of the public should be able to routinely access information that is in the public interest and is safe to disclose, unless there is a good reason for them not to.
The Trust has two main obligations under the Act. We must publish certain information proactively; and respond to requests for information.
The Act allows access to recorded information, such as policies and procedures, reports, minutes of meetings, and correspondence.
How do I make a request for information?
To make a FOI request you can do so by either emailing the Trust at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us in writing at:
Freedom of Information
2nd Floor Administration Block
We aim to reply to requests within 20 working days.
Trust Publication Scheme
The FOI Act requires every public authority to publish a Publication Scheme that tells people what information is routinely available to them, and how to get it. The Trust has adopted the Information Commissioner's Model Scheme for NHS Bodies in England. Information is provided under the following seven headings:
Who we are and what we do
What we spend and how we spend it
What our priorities are and how we are doing
- Five Year strategy 2018-2023
- Operational Plan 2017-2019
- Nursing and Midwifery Strategy 2017-20
- Care Quality Commission
How we make decisions
Our policies and procedures
- Conduct of business
- Complaints and other customer service
- Provision of services
- Human Resources
- Health and Safety (including Estate Management)
- Infection Prevention and Control
Lists and registers
The services we offer
The Trust strives to be open and is normally able to satisfy requests in full. However the right of access is not absolute and some requests may have to be refused, or refused in part. Decisions will be made subject to the law, taking into account the public interest, and applicants have the right of appeal.
The Office of the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with Freedom of Information in England, publishes much useful guidance on its website.