Publication scheme

The freedom of information publication scheme gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by the Trust.

The intention of the Freedom of Information 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.

Our publication scheme

The Trust publishes information about the organisation under the classes of information outlined above. This publication scheme has been adopted by the Trust without modification since 1 January 2009, based on the model scheme approved by the Information Commissioner’s Office and will be valid until further notice. This publication scheme commits the Trust to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities.

In addition to accessing the information identified in this publication scheme, you are entitled to request information about the Trust under the Freedom of Information Act (2000).