Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by the Trust.

The intention of the Act is to encourage a spirit of openness and transparency in the NHS. The Trust fully supports this aim.

The public has had full access rights since January 2005. This means that much more information is routinely and freely available. There are access rights to all types of information whether personal or non-personal. This is subject to some exemptions, which are outlined below.

Any individual or organisation can make a request for information. The Act also gives the right: to be told if information exists, to receive information (ideally in the format requested, for example as a copy or summary) or the applicant may ask to inspect a record.

Environmental Information Regulation requests

The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004 gives everyone the right to request environmental information held by public authorities.

This information may relate to the state of:

  • air
  • water
  • flora
  • fauna
  • health
  • soil
  • any natural site or other land, or any activities which do (or may) adversely affect the environment

Requests for environmental information are processed in a similar way to FOI requests. However, environmental information requests do not have to be submitted in writing. To make a verbal request, please call 01208 834 496.

As with FOI requests, environmental information requests should be answered within 20 working days. This can be extended in certain circumstances but we will need to inform you of this extension and the reason for it if this is the case.

The Trust has made its procedures for answering FOI and EIR requests as similar as possible so it does not matter if you do not know if your request is under the FOI Act or EIR regulations.

Contact us

  • Write to: FOI team, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Head Office, Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin PL31 2QN
  • Call 01208 834 495
  • Email the FOI team

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