The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives any person the right to request any information which is held by a public authority. The Trust is a public authority under this Act.
The purpose of the Act is to promote openness by increasing transparency and accountability, and we have a legal duty to adopt and maintain a scheme for the publication of information.
The publication scheme is a list of the information held by the Trust which is routinely available. It sets out the different sections and how it can be accessed. The purpose of the scheme is to enable significant amounts of information to be made available without the need for a specific request. The Trust aims to make much of the information it holds available online, and this is also supported by publishing the Freedom of Information requests and our responses.
Members of the public have the right to know how public services such as the NHS are organised and run, how much they cost, which services are being provided, what targets have been set, what standards are expected and what results that are being achieved.
By law, we are required to respond to requests about the information which we hold and which is recorded in any form. The rights to request and access information are subject to some exemptions that we have to take into consideration before deciding what information can be released.
Sometimes, some or all of the information cannot be provided and we will explain the reasons why not if this happens.
You have a right to apply for access to information held about you (personal information) and this request is processed under the General Data Protection Regulations and the Data Protection Act 2018. If you would like to do this please see Can I access my own information?