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
St George’s Hospital
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:
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.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.