What a Publication Scheme is

Welcome to the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Mental Health Trust Publication Scheme.

This Publication Scheme is a guide to the information routinely published by South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. It is a description of the information about our Trust which we make publicly available. We shall review the Scheme at regular intervals and monitor how it is operating.

It is important to us that this Scheme meets your needs and we have designed it to be a route map so that you can find information about South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust easily.

The Publication Scheme will help you to find all the information which the Trust publishes. 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 and at 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. In South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, our Caldicott Guardian is:

Dr Claire Barkley, Medical Director
Trust Headquarters
St George’s Hospital
Corporation Street
Stafford
ST16 3SR
tel 01785 257888 ext 5483  

This Publication Scheme commits us to make information available to the public as part of our normal business activities. The information covered is included in the classes of information mentioned below, where this information is held by the organisation. Additional assistance is provided to the definition of these classes in sector specific guidance manuals issued by the Information Commissioner.

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 and 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.

Information Management

Information described in this scheme will be retained in line with South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s retention and disposal schedules, which comply with the Records Management: NHS Code of Practice and Public Record Office Guidance.

Information not required for the business purposes of the Trust is stored at the Trust public records as defined in the Public Records Act 1958 or subsequently determined as public records by The National Archives are held as required at a designated place of deposit.

Feedback 

Any questions, comments or complaints about this Scheme should be sent in writing to Neil Carr, Chief Executive, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Trust Headquarters, St George’s Hospital, Corporation Street, Stafford, ST16 3SR, tel 01785 257888 e-mail mailto:neil.carr@sssft.nhs.uk. If you have a complaint about the operation of the Publication Scheme, or how South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has dealt with your request for information from the Scheme, please write to Neil Carr as above.

  • Rights of Access to Information
    • The Freedom of Information Act recognises that as a member of the public, you have the right to know how public services such as the NHS are  organised and run, how much they cost and how you can make complaints if you need to. You have the right to know which services are being provided, the targets that are being set, the standards of services that are expected and the results achieved.
    • From January 1st 2005 the Freedom of Information Act has obliged the Trust to respond to requests about the information which it holds and is recorded in any form and it creates a right of access to that information. The rights to request and access this information are subject to some exemptions which the Trust has to take into consideration before deciding what information can be released.
    • Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you are also entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you.   Please see the 'Protecting and Using Personal Information' information on the Trust's website, follow this link
    • Environmental Information Regulations enable similar access to environmental information, as under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

As part of our commitment to make information available we have created a Disclosure Log which includes the response to many of the Freedom of Information requests we have received.  You can find the Disclosure Log by following this link.
The Trust’s Policy to Meet the Requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be found in the policy section of the Trust’s website.

This also includes a guide for the public on freedom of information requests.

 

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