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Accessing the publication scheme


Freedom of Information

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust adopted the Information Commission FOI Model Publication Scheme for health bodies in England from 1st January 2009. In order to comply with the Freedom of Information Act, public sector organisations such as ours have to routinely publish information whenever possible.

The Information Commissioner, who is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Freedom of Information Act, has drawn up what is called a Model Publication Scheme for all public sector organisations which we have decided to adopt and formally commit to. The Commissioner has also published a definition document for NHS organisations which sets out in some detail what his minimum expectations are as far as we are concerned.

We have reviewed  the information we routinely put into the public domain to ensure we are compliant with the definition document. You will be able to see where we don’t hold relevant information or where for some reason we have decided not to routinely disclose information identified in the definition document by referring to our FOI Publication Scheme Directory of Information 2009 (see right).

Most of the information we make routinely available can be accessed through our website by using the search facility. Such information is continually updated. If you cannot find information through the search engine and we have indicated in the definition document that the information is routinely available this may be because the information cannot be loaded onto our website. In such circumstances please contact us and ask for the information to be provided to you.

Contact us

Information Governance

Fax:  0161 291 4269
Tel:
0161 291 3756
Email: foi@uhsm.nhs.uk

Accessing information

As an open and transparent organisation we are committed to routinely publishing as much information as possible on- line; however if you want information which is not on our website or otherwise available through our FOI Publication Scheme Directory of Information 2009 (see right), you may ask us for it in accordance with further provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and of the Environmental Information Regulations 2005. Requests for such information can be made to the contact above.  By law we have to deal with such requests within 20 working days.

Access to health records is dealt with under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998, please see the Medico Legal website.

Fees and Charges

The Freedom of Information Act and the associated Fees Regulations stipulate that we cannot levy a fee for information unless there is a statutory basis for doing so or the amount of time taken to locate the information exceeds 18 hours. However we are allowed to charge for disbursements related to the provision of information and any reformatting requested by the applicant provided we ensure that applicants are aware of any charges which may be made.

No charges will be made for any information accessed via our website. For any information which is provided in hard copy and where there is no statatory provision for charging our rates will be:

Photocopies - 10p per A4 sheet 
CDs £1.00 each
Postage maximium £1.00

If you want any further information about the provision of information or have any difficulty accessing FOI information provided on our website, please contact the office.

If you are not satisfied

If you make a request and are not satisfied with the way in which we deal with it you may ask us to review any decision we make. If you wish us to undertake a review you should write to:

Colin Owen
Information Governance and Data Quality Lead
Baguley Residences
Wythenshawe Hospital
Southmoor Road
Manchester
M23 9LT

Any review will normally be under the control and direction of a senior member of staff who had no involvement in the original decision or process  If you remain dissatisfied at the conclusion of any review you may complain to the Information Commissioner whose address is:

The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

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