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Publication Scheme

The publication scheme commits an authority to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities. The information covered is included in the classes of information below, where this information is held by the authority.

The scheme commits an authority:

  • To proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information, including environmental information, which is held by the authority and falls within the classifications below
  • To specify the information which is held by the authority and falls within the classifications below
  • To proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information in line with the statements contained within this scheme
  • To produce and publish the methods by which the specific information is made routinely available so that it can be easily identified and accessed by members of the public
  • To review an update on a regular basis the information the authority makes available under this scheme
  • To produce a schedule of any fees charged for access to information which is made proactively available
  • To make this publication scheme available to the public

Classes of information

Who we are and what we do

About us

Trust Board member profiles

Location of the hospital and hospital wards and departments

Contacting the hospital

What we spend and how we spend it

Annual reports and accounts

What our priorities are and how we are doing

Annual reports and accounts

How we make decisions

Trust Board minutes

Our policies and procedures

Contact FOI office

Lists and registers

Contact FOI office

The services we offer

Hospital wards

Hospital departments

Hospital consultants

Clinical departments

Support services

Facilities

The classes of information will not generally include:

  • Information the disclosure of which is prevented by law, or exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, or is otherwise properly considered to be protected from disclosure
  • Information in draft form
  • Information that is no longer readily available as it is contained in files that have been placed in archive storage, or is difficult to access for similar reasons

Charges which may be made for information published under this scheme

The purpose of this scheme is to make the maximum amount of information readily available at minimum inconvenience and cost to the public. Charges made by the authority for routinely published material will be justified and transparent and kept to a minimum.

Material which is published and accessed on a website will be provided free of charge.

Charges may be made for actual disbursements incurred, such as:

  • Photocopying
  • Postage and packaging
  • The costs directly incurred as a result of viewing information

Charges may also be made for information provided under this scheme where they are legally authorised, they are in all the circumstances, including the general principles of the right of access to information held by public authorities, justified and are in accordance with a published schedule or schedules of fees which is readily available to the public.

If a charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before the information is provided. Payment may be requested prior to the provision of the information.

Written requests

Information held by a public authority that is not published under this scheme can be requested in writing, when its provision will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.