Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) gives the public the statutory right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, including the NHS.
The underlying principle of the Act is that information held by a public body should be freely available.
It is about us being open, honest and accountable.
This means that you can ask about corporate information held by Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust (the Trust) and request access to it.
The Trust will deal with all requests in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act Codes of Practice
We are obliged under the Act to maintain a publication scheme. The scheme is split into categories and gives an indication of the documents which Public Authorities (of which this Trust is one) are recommended to make available to the public.
Making a Request
If the information you require cannot be located on our website you may submit a request for information.
The request must be in writing (email or fax are acceptable) and must include a name and a return address (again this can be an email address or a fax number). You do not have to mention that this is a request under the Freedom of Information Act (or Environmental Information Regulations – see below)
When we receive the request we will send you an acknowledgement and give you an indication of when we are likely to be able to provide you with a response.
We will then carry out an initial search of our systems and providing we hold the information and we are not prevented by any of the exemptions in the Act from providing the information we will send it to you.
If we do not hold the information we will advise you of this as soon as possible.
If we are applying any of the exemptions regarding the release of information we will write and advise you and where applicable we will give you a full explanation of our reasons together with our application of the “public interest test”.
We have twenty working days to respond to your request and if for any reason we are not able to meet that deadline we will contact you and explain why this is so.
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
At the same time as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) came into full force a set of regulations called the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) came into force.
These regulations give you access to information held by the Trust where it relates to the environment.
You may request information in the same way as making a request for information under FOIA and we will deal with it in much the same way.
There are some minor differences about the request process, however from your point of view, when making a request you will almost certainly not notice any differences.
Who do I make a Request to?
If you want to make a request under FOIA or EIR please write to:
Freedom of Information Officer
Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust
Fax 01480 416561 – marked for the attention of Freedom of Information Lead.
Or preferably make your request by email to: hch-tr.FOI@nhs.net
If you wish to see a copy of personal information relating to you, you must make a Subject Access Request under the Data Protection Act 1998
There is a section on this website which tells you how to do that.
Personal information is not generally available under the Freedom of Information Act although in some circumstances you may be able to obtain some (limited) information about individuals.
If you are not happy with the way your request has been dealt with or with the information you have received you may raise this in the first instance with The Deputy Chief Information Officer at the above address, or by email to: hch-tr.FOI@nhs.net
Please mark your email to indicate that this is a complaint about FOIA or EIRs.
If after following the process above you are still not happy you may contact the Information Commissioner at:
Office of the Information Commissioner
Note on copyright
Please note that information provided by us under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is copyrighted to Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust, unless otherwise indicated and is for your personal use only.
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 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 provided to you that is the copyright of third parties. You must obtain authorisation to reproduce such material from the copyright holders concerned.
If you wish to use this information for commercial purposes then, in accordance with the Regulations on the re-use of public sector information 2005, you must first ask our permission. Such re-use may or may not involve the granting of a license and the application of a fee.
- The Freedom of Information Act 2000
- Environmental Information Regulations 2004
- The Data Protection Act 1998
- The Information Commissioners Office