FOI publication scheme
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act recognises that people have the right to know how public services such as the NHS work and how much this costs.
In 2008 the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) approved a model publication scheme to be adopted by all public authorities, including NHS organisations. It set out the framework Trusts should follow to meet their legal obligations under the FOI Act and to demonstrate their commitment to openness and to build trust with the public. More information about the work of the Information Commissioner can be found at www.ico.org.uk.
We have produced a publication scheme using the latest version of the model publication scheme issued by the ICO. The aim of this is to explain what information the Trust makes available to the public and where possible to provide an easy method of accessing it.
Our publication scheme is a useful place to start if you’re looking for information about our Trust, before making a Freedom of Information request.
Requests for information
Information that is not published under the FOI Publication Scheme can be requested in writing and the release of such information will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the FOI Act 2000.
To make a Freedom of Information request, please email us at email@example.com, or write to:
Trust FOI Manager
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
St Ann’s Hospital
St Ann’s Road
The Freedom of Information Policy illustrates the Trust’s procedure for dealing with information requests under the Freedom of Information Act (2000). More information on the FOI Act is available from the Information Commissioner’s office at http://www.ico.org.uk.
Public authorities must publish any datasets they hold that have been requested in an electronic form that is capable of re-use.
If the dataset or any part of it is a relevant copyright work and the Trust is the only owner, it must be made available for re-use under the term of a specified licence. The Code of Practice (datasets) recommends that public authorities make datasets available for re-use under the Open Government Licence (details below).
Re-use of information
Any information supplied is free to use for your own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial publication and subscription charge, would require the permission of the Trust.
Our copyright and database right material is licensed for use and re-use under the Open Government Licence (OGL). You can view the licence online, or write to: Information Policy Team, The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU.
The information we publish falls into one of the following seven classes/categories:
Where there is no specific link included below, information is available on request via the FOI office.
1) Who we are and what we do
- How we fit into the NHS structure
- Overview of the Trust
- Organisational chart
- Board members
- Partner organisations
- Location of public facing departments:
2) What we spend and how we spend it
- Expenditure over £25k
- Financial performance reports
- Financial audit reports
- Annual accounts
- Capital Programme
- Standing Financial Instructions
- Staff pay and grading
- Details of pay for senior staff are included in the annual report
- Staff and Board members allowances and expenses (see Expenses Policy)
- Procurement and tendering procedures
- Contracts currently being tendered and those awarded
3) What our priorities are and how we are doing
- Business planning
- Performance against targets
- Quality accounts
- Annual reports
- Trust Strategy
- Service user surveys
- Privacy impact assessments
Reports by regulatory organisations – available from relevant bodies websites:
- Department of Health and Social Care
- Care Quality Commission
- Health Service Ombudsman
- General Medical Council
- Health and Safety Executive
- Counter Fraud
- NHS Resolution
4) How we make decisions
- Board papers
- Board members
- Board committees
- Internal guidance and criteria used for decision making i.e. process systems and key personnel (Standing Orders and Reservations of Power to the Board & Delegation of Power)
- Public consultations
5) Our policies and procedures
- Policies relating to the conduct of business
- Health and safety
- Human resources including recruitment
- Equality policies
- Standing financial procedures
- Standing orders
- Complaints and other customer services policies
- Data protection/records management
- Estates management
- Charging regimes
6) Lists and registers
- Contractors and suppliers
- Asset and Information Asset Registers
- Register of interests – for Board members through Trust Board papers
- Register of gifts and hospitality
- FOI Disclosure log
7) The services we offer
- Clinical services
- Non-clinical services
- Patient information leaflets, booklets and newsletters
- Patient experience, advice and guidance
- Corporate communications and media releases