The Freedom of Information Act gives you the legal power to request any information that the PCN holds. This may be minutes of meetings, access to services requirements or how the PCN has spent money. The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities, of which The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one. If you are looking for a specific piece of information about the Trust, PCN or about yourself, this section will also provide you with the contact details and explain how you can gain access to certain types of information.
The Freedom of Information Act does not change the right of patients to protection of their information in accordance with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998, the General Data Protection Regulations 2016, Data Protection Act 2018 and in common law. Maintaining the legal right to patient confidentiality continues to be an important commitment on our part.
What is a Publication Scheme?
Under Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the RWT has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) are responsible for monitoring and enforcing the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The ICO has drawn up what is called a Model Publication Scheme as guidance for all public sector organisations which has 7 classes of information.
This Publication Scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely published by The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. It is a description of information about our Trust which we make publicly available. We shall review the Scheme at regular intervals and monitor how it is operating. Please note, whilst we are trying to ensure as much information is available, we are still required to consider any of the exemptions for release under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
We have ensured most of the information is routinely available. However, should you not locate what you are looking for, please contact the Trust’s Freedom of Information Officer;
Freedom of Information Officer
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Governance and Legal Department,
The New Cross Hospital,
Email: [email protected]