Freedom of Information Act

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    The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

    As you will appreciate due to the CORONAVIRUS the Trust is facing numerous challenges including pressure in maintain staffing levels and expertise. The Trust will endeavour to respond to FOIs and Information Rights including Subject Access Requests (SARs) but your response will most likely be subject to a delay for the foreseeable future whilst the Trust prioritises the delivery of healthcare and focuses its resources on making sure that our patients are receiving the treatment and care needed.

    This means that staff who would usually assist with your response such as clinicians reviewing health records and service managers collating information are putting all their time and attention to ensuring that our patients are well looked after. Unfortunately this will mean that a delay is likely to preparing your response but the Trust will provide a response at the earliest opportunity.

    The Trust appreciates your support during this on-going situation. If your request is not of an urgent nature please can we ask you to re-consider whether your request can wait until a later date rather than make the request now as this will assist with managing demand and delays. Any requests that are received by the Trust will be held in a queue until the request can be processed.

    The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) was passed on 30 November 2000. The Act gives a general right of access to all types of 'recorded' information held by the Trust. It sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on the trust. The Act came into force in January 2005.

    People already have the right to access information held about themselves under the Data Protection Act 1998. This is known as 'subject access' request. The FOIA extends these rights to allow people to request access to non-personal information held by the trust. However the trust will not be required to release information to which an exemption applies, i.e. information may not be released if it would prejudice national security or law enforcement. The Act gives applicants two related rights:

    • The right to be told whether the information exists
    • The right to receive the information

    The Act places a duty on the Trust to adopt and maintain a publication scheme approved by the Information Commissioner. The scheme sets out the type of information the Trust publishes, the form of information published, and explains any charges that may apply.

    If you would like to know more or wish to make a request for information, please contact the Project Manager, at:

    Address:    Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust , Sceptre Point, Sceptre Way, Walton Summit, Preston, PR5 6AW

    Telephone: 01772 695300

    Email:        FOIRequests@lancashirecare.nhs.uk

    Click below to access the Information request form

    Information Request Form

    For further information on the Freedom of Information Act, please see the FOI Leaflet

    Freedom of Information - Publication scheme

    The Publication Scheme is divided into 7 high level classes of information.

    Contents of the Publication Scheme

    1. Who we are and what we do
    2. What we spend and how we spend it
    3. What are our priorities and how are we doing
    4. How we make decisions
    5. Our policies and procedures
    6. Lists and registers
    7. The services we offer

    For guidance on how Caldicott principles relate to trust information policy and procedure please click below

    Caldicott Guidance