The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 publication scheme gives people the right to access information held by the Trust.
The Trust's Publication Scheme is divided into seven sections:
A. Who we are and what we do
B. What we spend and how we spend it
C. What are our priorities and how are we doing
D. How we make decisions
E. Our policies and procedures
F. Lists and registers
G. The services we offer
Where information is not available via the Trust's website, FOI requests can be made by sending an email to FOI@fhft.nhs.uk. We will respond to your request within 20 working days of receiving the request. However, if this is not possible, we will tell you why.
We are not required to make information routinely available when:
- We do not hold the information requested
- The information is exempt from disclosure under legislation (such as the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Data Protection Act 1998), e.g. personal data, confidential information or information that is commercially sensitive
- The Trust cannot easily access the information and it would take too much time to provide .
The Freedom of Information Act does not change the right of patients to protection of their patient confidentiality in accordance with Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention, the Data Protection Act 1998 and common law.
Maintaining the legal right to patient confidentiality continues to be an important commitment on our part.
To help with this, we have appointed someone who is called a Caldicott Guardian, and who has responsibility to ensure the protection of patient confidentiality throughout the Trust in accordance with your legal rights.
Our Caldicott guardian is:
Our senior information risk owner is:
Dr Timothy Ho - Medical Director
Mr Nigel Foster - Finance Director
Charges for information listed in the Publication Scheme
Most of the information listed in the Publication Scheme will be provided at no charge, such as information on the Trust website; this is clearly stated in the Scheme.
The Trust may make a charge for photocopies/print-outs of documents, copies on formats such as CD-ROM / disks and postage.
You will be informed of the exact charge before the information is provided.
We will require payment before providing the information.
Complaints about the Publication Scheme
Frimley Health NHS Trust Publication Scheme will be reviewed on an annual basis.
Certain elements may be updated throughout the year where practical and possible. If you have any comments, queries or complaints about the Frimley Health NHS Trust Publication Scheme or the processing of your request please address these to:
Head of Information Governance
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Alternatively, you are entitled to appeal to the Information Commissioner (Tel: 01625 545 745). Further details can be found at www.ico.org.uk
The Information Commissioners Office enforces and oversees the Data Protection Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Environmental Information Regulations and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.
To find out more about the information rights in the public interest visit www.ico.org.uk