The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is intended to promote greater openness and accountability and gives you a general right to access information held on record by our Trust.
Anyone can request this information – there are no restrictions on your age, nationality or where you live. Provided we hold the information and it is not subject to any exemption or restrictions imposed by this legislation, we will send it to you or tell you where it is on our website. We are required to respond within 20 working days.
You may not need to make an FOI request to get the information you want. Our publication scheme containing information we are required to routinely publish may have what you are looking for, so please take a look before you make an FOI request. You can also check responses to previous FOI requests (Disclosure Log) we have received and are required to publish. This may save you time and will also save staff time and costs, meaning our Trust will have more for the services we provide.
When estimating the cost of complying with a request for information, we take into account staff time, charged at a rate of £25 per hour. We are not obliged to comply with a request where we estimate the cost would be more than £450.
Your request for information may be delayed due to urgent operational responses to dealing with coronavirus (COVID-19) priorities. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, we do remain committed to responding to your request and will respond as soon as we are able.
We ask that you consider if your request for information is essential at this time or can be delayed to allow staff to focus on the ongoing work dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak.
If you have already made a request and have not yet received a response please be aware that we are working through a high number of requests and there will be delays.
If you wish to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, please fill in the form here.
Our Trust’s FOI leaflet provides more details, please click here.