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Freedom of Information (FOI)

Freedom of information - publication scheme

What Is A Publication Scheme?

Under section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the trust has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme for the publication of the trusts information. The purpose of the act is to promote greater openness by public authorities, of which the trust is one.

This publication scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely published by Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation trust. It is designed to be a route map so that you can find information about us easily.

We review and monitor the scheme at regular intervals.

The Freedom of Information Act does not change the right of individuals to protection of their confidential information in accordance with Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention, the Data protection Act and common law.

Maintaining the legal right to individual’s 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 individuals confidentially throughout the trust in accordance with their legal rights.

In Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation trust our Caldicott Guardian is:

Dr Ian Reckless
Medical Director
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation trust
Standing Way
Eaglestone
Milton Keynes, MK6 5LD

Information Management

Information falling into the classes will be retained in line with The Records Management NHS Code of Practice and Public Record Office Guidance.

Feedback

Any questions, comments, or complaints about this Publication Scheme should be sent in writing to the Publication Scheme Co-ordinator at Foi.PublicationSchemeCo-ordinator@mkuh.nhs.uk. If you have a complaint about the operation of the Publication scheme, or how Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation trust has dealt with your request for information please write to: -

The Chief Executive
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation trust
Standing Way
Eaglestone
Milton Keynes
MK6 5LD

Your Rights of Access to information

At the present time in addition to accessing the information identified in this Publication Scheme, you are entitled to request information about Milton Keynes Unviersity Hospital NHS Foundation trust under the NHS Openness Code 1995.Copies of the NHS Openness Code 1995 are available from Code of practice on openness in the NHS hard copies are available free of charge by writing to:

FOI Publication Scheme Co-ordinator
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation trust
Standing Way
Eaglestone
Milton Keynes
MK6 5LD

Sometimes, some or all of the information cannot be provided, if this occurs an explanation will be given.

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.

As from the 1st January 2005 the trust has been obliged to respond to requests about the information it holds, 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 which 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 and you can contact our Information Governance Department who will be able to assist you in this matter: -

Information Governance Administrator
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation trust
Standing Way
Eaglestone
Milton Keynes
MK6 5LD

For further information please go to our public documents section where you will find our Access to Health Records Application Form, a leaflet on “ A Guide for Patients on the Protection, Use and Storage of Information” plus other useful guidance.

Again there may be some information that we are not able to provide. If this is the case we will explain the reasons why it cannot be provided.

As from January 2005, individual’s rights of access to information are available under Section 1 of the Freedom of Information act. From this date you have a right to be told whether Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation trust holds the information you have asked for and, if so, to have that information disclosed

Environmental Information Regulations (EIR)

The right to request information about environmental issues under the EIR sits alongside the right to request information under the FOI act.

For more information go to Environmental Information Regulations Factsheet

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:

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 printout, as on the web site would be available by post from: -

The FOI Publication Scheme Co-ordinator
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation trust
Standing Way
Eaglestone
Milton Keynes
MK6 5LD

Tel: 01908 660033

Or by personal application at the trust Headquarters. However, requests for multiple printouts, or for archived copies of documents which 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 organisations web sites.

Disclosure Log

The trust produces and publishes a Freedom of Information Disclosure Log which contains the details of past requests and their responses.

Route map

Who we are and what we do

  • How we fit into the NHS Structure
  • Organisational Structure
  • Senior Staff and Management Board Members
  • How to Contact Us

All of this information can be found in the 'About' section of the website.

Our Finances

  • Annual Statement of Accounts
  • Budgets and Variance Reports
  • Financial Audit Reports
  • Standing Financial Instructions
  • Capital Programme
  • Staff and Board Members’ Allowances
  • Staff Pay and Grading Structures
  • Procurement and Tendering procedures
  • Contracts currently being Tendered – Please contact us
  • Contracts Awarded – Please contact us

Where available, all of this information is found in our 'Public documents' section.

Priorities and Performance

  • Annual Report
  • Corporate Objectives
  • Annual Plan
  • Strategic Direction Document
  • Healthcare Governance
  • Healthcare Commission – Annual Check
  • Audit Reports
  • Service User Surveys

Where available, all of this information is found in our 'Public documents' section.

Decision Making

  • Board Papers
  • Council of Governors Meetings
  • Patient and Public Involvement
  • Internal Communications guidance and criteria used for Decision making

Where available, all of this information is found in our 'Public documents' section.

Policies and Procedures

For our current policies please contact the Freedom of Information Co-ordinator at FOIPublicationSchemeCo-ordinator@mkuh.nhs.uk

Lists and Registers

  • Asset Registers and Information Asset Register – Please contact us
  • Register of Gifts and Hospitality
  • Register of Interests
  • Freedom of Information Disclosure Log

Where available, all of this information is found in our 'Public documents' section.

Services we offer

Categories
Freedom of Information (FOI) disclosure logs
Documents
Freedom of Information act 2000
Freedom of Information environmental information regulations 2004
Freedom of Information feedback form
Freedom of Information policy
Patient leaflet on the Freedom of Information Act (Feb 2014)
Verbal request for FOI