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Freedom of Information (FOI) Publications

Freedom of Information Publication Scheme

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires every NHS organisation to have a Publication Scheme that tells people what information is routinely available to them and how to get it.

This publication scheme commits the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities, subject to a number of exemptions. The information covered is included in the classes of information mentioned below, where this information is held by the Trust. Additional assistance is provided to the definition of these classes in sector specific guidance manuals issued by the Information Commissioner.

Please review our Freedom of Information responses available on the Freedom of Information Disclosure page.

We will state how you can obtain the information outlined within each Class. This will be either via the website or as a hard copy or other media as stated within each Class. The publications are all free unless otherwise indicated within each Class [£]. [Where information is provided at a cost the charges will be calculated as set out in Class 15].

The Trust’s commitment to publish information excludes any information that can legitimately be withheld under the exemptions set out in the NHS Openness Code or the Freedom of Information Act. Where individual classes are subject to exemptions, the main reasons are e.g. the protection of commercial interests and personal information under the Data Protection Act 1998. This applies to most Classes within the 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:

Cornelle Parker,
Deputy Medical Director,
Trust Headquarters,
Acre Street, Lindley,
Huddersfield,
West Yorkshire,
HD3 3EA

Information Management

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.

Feedback

Any requests, questions or comments about this Scheme should be sent in writing to:

The Freedom of Information Officer

Trust Offices

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
Acre Street
Lindley Huddersfield
HD3 3EA 

Tel: 01484 356904

Email: foi@cht.nhs.uk

 

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
Lindley
Huddersfield
HD3 3EA

Tel: 01484 342769

Email: Andrea.McCourt@cht.nhs.uk

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 
Richmond House
79 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2NL

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
Medical Records
The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
Calderdale Royal Hospital
Salterhebble
Halifax
West Yorkshire
HX3 0PN

Tel: 01422 222065

Environmental Information Regulations enable access to environmental information.

  • 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 Trust 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 Trust 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.

For further information on Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust’s Publication Scheme or to request information please contact:

Freedom of Information Officer
Trust Offices
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
Lindley
Huddersfield
HD3 3EA

Telephone: 01484 356904

Email: foi@cht.nhs.uk

The Information Commissioner has also published more information which you may find helpful.

FOI Statistics 

Frequently Asked Questions

Classes of Information

Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts. 

Strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews.

Policy proposals and decisions. Decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations.

Current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities.       

Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the Trust.

The Trust will indicate clearly to the public what information is covered by this scheme and how it can be obtained.

Where it is within the capability of the Trust, information will be provided on a website. Where it is impracticable to make information available on a website or when an individual does not wish to access the information by the website, the Trust will indicate how information can be obtained by other means and provide it by those means.

In exceptional circumstances some information may be available only by viewing in person. Where this manner is specified, contact details will be provided. An appointment to view the information will be arranged within a reasonable timescale. Information will be provided in the language in which it is held or in such other language that is legally required. Where the Trust is legally required to translate any information, it will do so.

Obligations under disability and discrimination legislation and any other legislation to provide information in other forms and formats will be adhered to when providing information in accordance with this scheme.

The purpose of this scheme is to make the maximum amount of information readily available at minimum inconvenience and cost to the public. Charges made by the Trust for routinely published material will be justified and transparent and kept to a minimum.

Material which is published and accessed on a website will be provided free of charge. Charges may be made for information subject to a charging regime specified by Parliament.

Charges may be made for actual disbursements incurred such as: 

  • Photocopying
  • Postage and packaging
  • The costs directly incurred as a result of viewing information

Charges may also be made for information provided under this scheme where they are legally authorised, they are in all the circumstances, including the general principles of the right of access to information held by public authorities, justified and are in accordance with a published schedule or schedules of fees which is readily available to the public.

If a charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before the information is provided. Payment may be requested prior to provision of the information. 

Information held by the Trust that is not published under this scheme can be requested in writing, when its provision will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Part 2: Classes of Information

1. The NHS and how we fit

Click here for a description of the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and the services provided to the community.

The NHS is a very large part of the Public Sector. There are over six hundred NHS Trusts in the UK. A full list can be found on www.nhs.uk. The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust provides a vast number of services within the geographical area of Calderdale and Huddersfield. A full list can be accessed – see details in Class 6 of the Publication Scheme.

About the Department of Health 

 www.dh.gov.uk/AboutUs/fs/en

Improving Working Lives available from Workforce

 www.cht.nhs.uk/working-for-us/

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

 www.cht.nhs.uk

NHS Calderdale

 www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk

NHS Kirklees

 www.northkirkleesccg.nhs.uk 

NHS England

 www.england.nhs.uk

Our work as a Trust is based upon the strategic direction established by theDepartment of Health. The Department of Health’s website can be found at (www.dh.gov.uk). The NHS England website (www.england.nhs.uk) is also a useful source of information about the wider NHS in our area.

2. Who we are

Class is described as: Organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance.

Our response:

Details of the Trust, organisational structures and key personnel.

Governance Structure 

 contact the Freedom of Information Officer

 Board of Directors

 click here to access

 Corporate Governance Material, e.g. Codes of Conduct, Register of Interests, etc.

 click here to access

 Standing Orders/Standing Financial Instructions

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 click here to access

 List of Key partnerships with other Organisations

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Service Level Agreements

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

Organisational Chart 

intranet.cht.nhs.uk/about-us/chft-structure-charts/ 

Locations 

www.cht.nhs.uk/find-us/ 

Constitution 

-        www.cht.nhs.uk/about-us/publications/constitution/ 

The Trust is able to provide the public with details of our organisational structure, including information about the Board of Directors and sub-committees. We are also able to provide access to copies of our: 

  • Register of Interests
  • Establishment Orders
  • Standing Orders
  • Standing Financial Instructions
  • Scheme of Delegation
  • Codes of Conduct and other governance documents

 Working in partnership with other organisations

The Trust also works with other organisations in the provision of services to the community. These partner organisations include key partners within the NHS, the Primary Care Trusts, Partnership Trusts/Mental Health Trusts, academic partners, independent practitioners, local authorities including social services, police, probation, prison service, voluntary and charitable bodies, pharmaceutical services, private sector providers etc.

Some of these organisations are involved in the joint delivery of services with us. If you would like to know more about these arrangements and how these services are managed, please contact the Freedom of Information Officer.

Some of these partnerships may involve the sharing of information, with agreed protocols and procedures in place between organisations to control how this information is shared. If you would like to know more about these arrangements, please contact the Freedom of Information Officer.

All the minutes of Trust meetings are publicly available, although we will withhold information that is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or that is personal, confidential information about individuals and is protected under the Data Protection Act 1998. Again, all this information is freely available through our Freedom of Information Officer

Funding details, charging policies and financial accounts

Click here to access the Calderdale and  Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trusts Annual report (full), containing full details of financial statements.

Director of Finance

The Director of Finance has corporate responsibility for the Trust’s finances, and can be contacted via the Finance Department at:

Acre Mill Outpatient Building
Acre Street
Lindley
Huddersfield
HD3 3EB

Tel : 01484 355460

The Trust Board receives a regular update on the financial position of the Trust through the Corporate Finance Report and also receives a half yearly report on the Trust’s Charitable Funds. The Trust has an Audit Committee, chaired by a non-executive director. The minutes of the Audit Committee are reported to the Trust Board.

For information on spending over £25k click here.

In addition to the Corporate Finance Report the Trust’s Annual Accounts and Annual Accounts and Report for its Charitable Funds are also available to the public.

Corporate Finance Report

contact Freedom of Information Officer

Audit Committee Minutes

contact Freedom of Information Officer

Trust’s Annual Accounts

click here to access

Annual Accounts and Report for its Charitable Funds

contact Freedom of Information Officer

    

4. Corporate Information

Reports, policies, meetings of minutes and business plans, which the Trust routinely makes available to the public:

 Annual Report

 click here to access

 Aims and Objectives

 click here to access

 Board of Directors

 click here to access

 Minutes of Board of Directors meetings

 click here to access

 Business/Strategic Planning

 click here to access

 Emergency Planning

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

Some of this information is of a personal and confidential nature or otherwise exempt under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Data Protection Act 1998 and will be excluded as will any other confidential material. This includes material relating to the health and safety of specific individuals, as to law enforcement or criminal or regulatory enforcement or audit issues may also be excluded from publication.

5. Aims, Targets and Achievements

Annual Report

Financial targets, aims and objectives and key performance indicators

See also Class 9

This class contains information about how the Trust performs against its financial targets and how it is meeting any shortfall or deficit, and what implications, if any, this has for patients across all services.

 Aims, Targets and Achievements 

 click here to access

 Caldicott Reports

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Clinical Audit

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Clinical Governance Strategy

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Controls Assurance

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Risk Management

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

6. Our Services

Class is described as: Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases.A description of the services offered. The classes of information will not generally include:

  • Information the disclosure of which is prevented by law, or exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, or is otherwise properly considered to be protected from disclosure.
  • Information in draft form.
  • Information that is no longer readily available as it is contained in files that have been placed in archive storage, or is difficult to access for similar reasons.

Our response:

In this class we include information in relation to the range of services that we provide for the NHS and how we deliver these. This information includes:

  • Notification of any recent decisions which have been approved by the Trust Board about service changes or variations and the reasons for the decisions.
  • Service strategy or current plans the Trust has for its services, and how the public can contribute to these.

 Services, clinical

 click here to access

 Services, development

 click here to access

 Services, non-clinical

 click here to access

A full directory of patient services is available by clicking here.

Complaints or comments about any of our services can be addressed directly through the Trusts Complaints Procedure as outlined in Class 11.

7. Reports and Independent Enquiries

In this class we publish independent inspections and findings regarding the Trust. See Part 3 for a list of bodies which monitor and inspect us.

 Essentail Standards of Quality and Safety

 www.cqc.org.uk

 Data Accreditation Review

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Corporate Reports

 click here to access

 Reports and Independent Inquiries 

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

We will not release the results of any inspection prior to the completion of the inspection process. Similarly, we will not release any information pertaining to an investigation without the consent of the inspecting organisation. Some information that is of a personal and confidential nature will be excluded from the publication of inspection reports, as will any other confidential material. Information relating to the health and safety of specific individuals, as to law enforcement or criminal or regulatory enforcement or audit issues may also be excluded from publication.

8. Policies and Procedures

General policies and procedures in use within the Trust. These include but are not restricted to human resources, prescribing and prescription, health and safety.

The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust has ongoing organisational policy development in a number of areas. This process enables the development, ratification, and review, of all trust policies. New organisational policies are developed in each directorate by an identified policy author, often using reference groups. The Executive Board then consults upon draft policies with relevant stakeholders prior to approval.

A full list of policies currently available through the publication scheme can be obtained from the Freedom of Information Officer.

9. Public Involvement and Consultation

In this class we will publish details of consultation procedures, decision-making processes, timescales and responses. Consultations in progress, and how you can become involved.

 Involving Patients

 click here to access

 Patient and Public Involvement Strategy

 click here to access

 Public Involvement and consultation

 PALS literature

 click here to access

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is the term used to refer to what the Trust calls service user, carer and community involvement.

If you would like to find out more about Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), please contact: 

Patient Advice and Liaison Service

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
Lindley
Huddersfield
HD3 3EA 

Tel: 01484 342128

Email: Pals@cht.nhs.uk

10. Regular publications and information for the Public

In this class we will make available all guidance and information leaflets for patients along with regular publications.

Annual Report 

 click here to access

Business Plan Summary

 click here to access

Trust News

 click here to access

Patient information & guidance

 click here to access

Location Map

 click here to access

11. Complaints

Policies, procedures and contacts for complaints

Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust aims to meet people’s expectations by delivering care of the highest quality. Occasionally things do go wrong and we receive valuable feedback through the Trust’s Complaints procedure. All complaints are thoroughly investigated and our policy is to be open and responsive to both Complainants and Staff.

If you want to make a complaint or comment upon our services, please contact:

Complaints Administration
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
Lindley
Huddersfield
HD3 3EA

Tel: 01484 342825

Click here to view the Calderdale & Huddersfield Trusts Complaints web pages.

12. Human Resources

Employment policies and procedures

In this class we will make available information relating to policies about training, Recruitment and Retention, Work life balance, Flexible working, Health and Safety, How we communicate with our staff, contracts, Diversity, Policy documents and disciplinary procedures, grievances, sickness absence management, equal opportunities, harassment, bullying and discrimination, pay and pensions, and staff inductions.

 Human Resources

 click here to access

 Human Resources, contacts

 click here to access

 Human Resources, Director of

 click here to access

 Recruitment and Retention

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Training and Development

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Work life balance

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Flexible Working

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Health & Safety

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 How we communicate with our staff

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Contracts Information

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Diversity Policy

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Grievance Procedure

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Disciplinary Procedure

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Sickness absence management procedure

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Equal Opportunities procedure

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Harassment Policy

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Bullying and Discrimination Policy

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Pay and Pensions Information

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Organisational Change Issues

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Staff Induction Policy

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Human Resource Strategy

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Workforce Description

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Links to Workforce Development Confederation

 click here to access

 Continuing Professional Development

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Current Vacancies

 click here to access

13. Communications with the Press and Media Releases

Our releases to the Press and to the Media.

The Communications Department offers public relations support to the Trust and strives to improve the understanding and raise the profile of the Trust and all its services to staff, patients, the general public and other interested organisations. 

The Communications Team consists of:

Communications Manager

Caroline Wright

Acre House
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
Acre Street
Lindley
Huddersfield
HD3 3HE

Tel: 01484 355252            

Click to email Caroline

Communications Officer

Jacqui Booth

Acre House
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
Acre Street
Lindley
Huddersfield
HD3 3HE

Tel: 01484 355256

Click to email Jacqui


The Communications Team are happy to take media enquiries during office hours. Contact us between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday (apart from Bank Holidays).

For media enquiries outside of these times please call the main switchboard - 01484 342000 - and ask for the Director on Call.

Why not take a look at our news archive.

You can also read our weekly staff bulletins here.

14. Environmental Information

Our estate and land holdings, and the uses they currently enjoy. Information required to be placed in the public domain as a result of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, any Environmental Enforcement action and associated information.

 Environmental Information

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Estates

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

 Land Holdings

 contact Freedom of Information Officer

A full list of the estates and land holdings of the Trust is available from the Freedom of Information Officer.       

15. This Publication Scheme

In this class we will publish any changes we make to this Publication Scheme.

Why have a Publication Scheme?

Under Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (There is a web 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 information. The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities, of which the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust is one.

As referenced in Class 8, the Trust has developed a number of policies, some of which are currently under development. Some of these policies relate to Information Management. Our policies regarding Information Management are, and will continue to be developed according to models of good practice as recommended by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (www.ic.nhs.uk), and NHS Digital (www.digital.nhs.uk)

Enquiries about how Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust manages Information should be directed to the Freedom of Information Officer.

Cost of Information

For the most part, we will charge you only for hard copies or copying onto media (e.g. CD ROM). Some information is available free, but for others there may be a charge. The charges will vary according to how information is made available. Charges are as follows:

a) Via the Trust’s Web Site –Free of charge, although any charges for Internet Service provider and personal printing costs would have to be met by the individual.

For those without Internet access, a single print-out as on the website would be available by post from:

The Freedom of Information Officer

Trust Offices

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
Acre Street
Lindley Huddersfield
HD3 3EA 

Tel: 01484 356904

Email: Freedom of Information Officer

However, requests for multiple printouts, or for archived copies of documents that are no longer accessible or available on the web, may attract a charge for the retrieval, photocopy, postage etc. We will let you know the cost and charges that will have to be paid in advance. We will not provide printouts of other organisation’s websites.

b) Leaflets and brochures will be made available free of charge, for example, services we offer to the public. A list is available from the Freedom of Information Officer.

c) “Glossy” or other bound paper copies, or in some cases a CD Rom, video or other mediums, are for charge as in our publication lists available from the Freedom of Information Officer.

d) e-mail will be free of charge unless it says otherwise

Charges for the retrieval of any information not listed within the Publication Scheme will be set at £25.00 per hour, per staff member, to a maximum of £450.00. Requests for information costing more than this maximum limit, or information which would take the equivalent of 18 staff hours or more to retrieve, may be refused unless the requestor is prapared to meet the actual costs in advance.

The charges have been set in line with national guidance which can be found here.

Copyright

The material available through this Publication Scheme is subject to the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust’s copyright unless otherwise indicated.   Unless expressly indicated on the material to the contrary, it may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium, provided it is reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading manner.   Where any of the copyright items in this Scheme are being re-published or copied to others, you must identify the source of the material and acknowledge the copyright status. Permission to reproduce material does not extend to any material accessed through the Publication Scheme that is the copyright of third parties.   You must obtain authorisation to reproduce such material from the copyright holders concerned. For HMSO Guidance Notes on a range of copyright issues, see the Office for Public Sector Information web site:

www.opsi.gov.uk/advice/crown-copyright/copyright-guidance/index.htm

Part 3: Monitoring, Resources and Publications

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives everyone the right to request information from any public authority.  The Act aims to promote openness and accountability amongst public sector organisations, so that everyone can understand how authorities make decisions, carry out their duties and spend public money.

Anyone can request information from a public authority, such as Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT).  People seeking information about the Trust are encouraged to review the information routinely published within this Publication Scheme prior to making an application.

Everyone has full access rights to this information.  There are some exemptions, which are outlined in this leaflet.

There is a lot already available on CHFT’s internet site at www.cht.nhs.uk Please look at the site to see if what you want is already there. Updated information is regularly published.

Frequently Asked Questions

The request must be in writing or email:

Email to:  FOI@cht.nhs.uk

Or Mail to:

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Freedom of Information Office

Trust Offices

The Royal Infirmary

Lindley

Huddersfield

HD3 3EA

You can apply for any information.  You should give a clear description of the information requested and include your name and contact details for correspondence.

We cannot provide anything that would breach the Data Protection Act 1998, such as other people’s personal information. This includes any information that could identify someone

There are some exemptions to the information that we can provide, such as -

No.  You do not have to give any explanations regarding why this information is requested.

Generally requests for information must be responded to within 20 working days.  We will always endeavour to meet this deadline.  Occasionally this may not be possible, for example if someone who is supplying specific information is on leave.  If this is likely to be the case we will contact you as soon as possible to see if you wish to receive part of the requested information sooner.

If we need to seek clarification, the 20 days will stop and start again when clarification is received.

In most cases there will be no fee.

However, a fee can be charged when we estimate it will take longer than 18 hours to gather the information.  The Act says that each hour equates to £25 so 18 hours equates to £450. The Trust can therefore charge where it would cost the Trust in excess of £450 to find the information.  If a fee is required for information requested, the 20 day timescale can be extended to up to three months.  We will always speak to you before applying charges.

The Act says that we do not have to give the information in some circumstances.  These are called exemptions.

The Act specifies a number of exemptions some of which are ‘absolute’ exemptions where we cannot release information (or in many cases confirm if it exists).  For example we cannot release personal information about yourself or another person (you can get information about yourself under the Data Protection Act) or confirm that an individual is a service user of Trust services.

In most cases whether to apply an exemption will be based on whether it is in the public interest to release the information or not.  These types of exemptions are ‘non absolute’ exemptions and include:

     

  • Commercially sensitive information e.g. detailed contractual information
  •  

  • Information which is confidential

The Trust is not obliged to comply with vexatious requests or repeated or substantially similar requests from the same person other than at reasonable intervals.

If the decision is made to not release the information, we will inform you of this with our reasons and provide details about how to challenge this decision.

If for any reason you are unhappy with this service you are entitled to approach the Trust with complaints or comments to:

Company Secretary

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

Lindley

Huddersfield

HD3 3EA 

CHFT@cht.nhs.uk

All complaints will be dealt with in accordance with the Trust’s Complaints Procedure.

The Information Commissioner is an independent public body and reports directly to Parliament.  The Commissioner is responsible for implementing the Act.

Further information can be found at:  www.ico.gov.uk

FOI Statistics 

Freedom of Information Disclosure