FOI

Freedom of Information Act:
Overview

Our Publication Scheme

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, public authorities have to produce a Publication Scheme.

Our Publication Scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely published by Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust and wherever possible, provides an easy method of accessing this information.

It is not a list of actual publications, since this will change as other things are published.

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, every public authority has a duty to specify what information they publish, how this information is made available and whether it is available free of charge or upon payment.

The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities, of which Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust is one.

We will monitor the Scheme annually and how it is operating.

Our intention is to publish as much information on our internet service as possible on subjects where there is known to be public interest.

However, exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act may prevent some information from being released.

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 Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust easily.

The Publication Scheme will help you to find all the information which the Trust publishes.

The information is grouped into broad categories as follows:

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 someone who is called a Caldicott Guardian, and who has responsibility to ensure the protection of patient confidentiality throughout the Trust in accordance with your legal rights.

At the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, our Caldicott Guardian is the Medical Director:

Tim Craft
Caldicott Guardian
Information Services Department
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Combe Park
BATH
BA1 3NG

Email: tim.craft@nhs.net

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