Part 1: Introduction
What is a Publication Scheme
This Publication Scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely published by Calderdale and Huddersfield 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 Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust easily. Under Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (there is a link to the Act in Part Three below – under useful resources), the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme for the publication of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust information. The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities (of which Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust is one). The Publication Scheme will help you to find all the information that 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 a Caldicott Guardian, who has responsibility to ensure the protection of patient confidentiality throughout the Trust in accordance with your legal rights. In Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, our Caldicott Guardian is:
Deputy Medical Director,
Acre Street, Lindley,
Information falling into the Classes will be retained in line with the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust’s retention and disposal schedules, which comply with the NHS Records Management Code of Practice and The National Archives Guidance. Information not required for the business purposes of the Trust is stored at the Trust or in a place of deposit approved by the Lord Chancellor for the purpose of holding public records.
Any requests, questions or comments about this Scheme should be sent in writing to:
The Freedom of Information Officer
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
If you have a complaint about the operation of the Publication Scheme, or how Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has dealt with your request for information from the Scheme, please write to:
Associate Director Risk Management
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
Tel: 01484 342261
Fax: 01484 342110
At the present time, in addition to accessing the information identified in this Publication Scheme, you are entitled to request information about Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust under the NHS Openness Code 1995. A link to this is available in Part 3 of the Scheme (see Publications) and hard copies are available free of charge by writing to:
The Department of Health
Sometimes, some or all of the information cannot be provided and we will explain the reasons why not when this happens.
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.
The Trust has a duty to respond to requests about the information that it holds and is recorded in any form and it will create a right of access to that information. The rights to request and access this information are subject to some exemptions that 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 - to do this write to:
Access to Data Officer
The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
Calderdale Royal Hospital
Tel: 01422 222065
Fax: 0422 222412
Environmental Information Regulations enable access to environmental information.