Freedom of Information Requests

health records
Freedom of Information (FOI)

The Freedom of Information Act (2000) extends your right to have access to information held by public bodies. The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to being an open and transparent organisation. We welcome the Freedom of Information Act.

Since January 2005, anyone who requests information from Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has been entitled to be told whether the Trust has it and, if so, to be supplied with the information, subject to certain exemptions. In particular, personal data, which is protected by the Data Protection Act 1998 and cannot be disclosed under Freedom of Information.

The Trust already makes a great deal of information available to the public. In order to help people find this, we are required under the Freedom of Information Act to produce a Publication Scheme.

This Publication Scheme lists the types of information we publish. It also indicates whether there may be exemptions or charges for supplying the information.

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Publication Scheme

The Publication Scheme is in three parts as follows:

Part One: Introduction

Part Two: The classes of information we hold

Part Three: Inspection and monitoring bodies and useful resources

Part One: Introduction

What is the Freedom of Information Act 2000?

It is a law passed by the Government that gives you the right to request information from public services. The aim of the Act is to promote trust and confidence in our public services, including the NHS, by providing clear information and being open about what we do.

What information can I obtain?

You can obtain information about the business processes of the Trust. We are making the majority of corporate information we produce available on our website. This Scheme contains a guide to the types of information we regularly publish or intend to publish in the near future.

What types of information is being made available?

The Act refers to “classes” of information, and a class is the information available on particular subjects such as employment policies and procedures, the range of services we provide and how we deliver them. The Publication Scheme is divided into classes to make it easier to navigate and, where possible, will direct people straight to the information. See Part Two for more details.

Can I get information about myself or other patients?

The Freedom of Information Act does not change the legal right of patients to protection of their patient confidentiality. Maintaining this right of confidentiality is an important commitment for all NHS organisations. To help with this, all Trusts have appointed a Director with special responsibility to ensure the protection of patient confidentiality throughout each Trust in accordance with patient legal rights.

In The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, the Director with this special responsibility is:

Medical Director
The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
North Manchester General HospitalTrust Headquarters
Delaunays Road
Crumpsall
Manchester
M8 5RB

You may obtain access to your own health records under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be able to get all of the Trust’s information?

The right to obtain information may be limited by some exemptions, which are listed within the Act. The effect of the exemptions is that we may not be able to supply all or part of the information requested. If possible we will supply the information requested with the exempt information removed.

Is there a charge for information supplied?

Ordinarily we will charge no fee for documents contained within our Publication Scheme, unless the supply of information requires us to carry out significant amounts of work or photocopying. 
Requests for information not contained within the Publication Scheme will be managed in accordance with the fees regulations issued by the Government.

How do I get information not published on the website?

The quickest route is via e-mail: foi.trust@pat.nhs.uk. You can also make your request in writing to the Freedom of Information Co-ordinator. The request must include your name and address so that we can contact you. You do not need to tell us why you want the information, however you must give us enough detail about the information you require to allow us to correctly identify and find it. If we require a fee we shall inform you of this once we have received your request. We have 20 working days to send you the information you have requested. Your application may be sent in a number of ways:

  • By post to the Freedom of Information Co-ordinator, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, North Manchester General Hospital, Trust Headquarters, Delaunays Road, Crumpsall, Manchester M8 5RB. Tel: 0161 604 5464.
  • Faxed to the Freedom of Information Co-ordinator on 0161 604 5470
  • Or you can email your request to foi.trust@pat.nhs.uk

 

Complaints and appeals

Any complaints about our handling of your request or about our Publication Scheme should in the first instance be addressed to:

Assistant Chief Executive
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
North Manchester General Hospital
Trust Headquarters
Delaunays Road
Crumpsall
Manchester
M8 5RB

Tel: 0161 604 5464

You are also free to contact the Government Department with responsibility for ensuring organisations comply with the Freedom of Information Act:

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

Tel: 01625 54 57 45

http://www.ico.gov.uk

Useful Websites

http://www.pat.nhs.uk

http://www.justice.gov.uk

Part Two: The classes of Information

The information is grouped into broad categories. Please click on the links below to view the information under each category. The categories are as follows:

1. Who we are and what we do

2. What we spend and how we spend it

3. What our priorities are and how we are doing

4. How we make decisions

5. Our policies and procedures

6. Declaration of Interests

7. The services we offer

Who we are and what we do

This class of information includes organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance (www.pat.nhs.uk - About Us)

What we spend and how we spend it

This section includes financial information relating to income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts, annual reports and information about charitable funding (www.pat.nhs.uk - What We Spend).

What our priorities are and how we are doing

This category includes strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews such as our annual business plan, corporate objectives, core standards declaration and Trust Board papers (www.pat.nhs.uk - Corporate Objectives)

How we make decisions

In this section, we publish policy proposals and decisions, information about decision-making processes and consultations including Board papers, proposed service developments and Trust Board Terms of Reference (www.pat.nhs.uk - How We Make Decisions)

Our policies and procedures

Here we publish current written policies and procedures that govern the way we provide services and carry out our responsibilities (www.pat.nhs.uk - Policies).

Declaration of Interests

This section includes information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to our responsibilities. Examples include the declaration of interests made by members of the Trust Board (www.pat.nhs.uk - Declaration of Interests).

The services we offer

In this section you can find advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets and media releases along with the Trust's regular publication, Pennine News and a description of the services we provide (www.pat.nhs.uk - Services).

Part Three: Bodies involved in inspection/monitoring

The bodies involved in the monitoring and/or inspection of our services are:

 

Useful Information and Resources

About the Environmental Information Regulations (2004)

The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) give members of the public the right to access environmental information held by public authorities. The request can be made by letter, e-mail, telephone or in person. Environmental information is divided into the following six main areas:

1. The state of the elements of the environment, such as air, water, soil, land, fauna (including human beings)

2. Emissions and discharges, noise, energy, radiation, waste and other such substances

3. Measures and activities such as policies, plans, and agreements affecting or likely to affect the state of the elements of the environment

4. Reports, cost-benefit and economic analyses

5. The state of human health and safety, contamination of the food chain

6. Cultural sites and built structures (to the extent that they may be affected by the state of the elements of the environment).

Public authorities are legally obliged to provide information on any of the areas mentioned above, usually within 20 working days. There are a number of exceptions to this rule - for example, if the information is likely to prejudice national security - and if this is the case, the public authority must explain why the exception applies.

For further information about Environmental Information Regulations visit: http://www.ico.gov.uk

 

Useful websites

Bury CCG (www.buryccg.nhs.uk)

Buying Solutions (www.buyingsolutions.gov.uk)

Data Protection Act 1998 (www.ico.gov.uk)

Department of Health (www.dh.gov.uk)

Dr Foster (www.drfosterintelligence.co.uk)

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG (www.hmr.nhs.uk)

Manchester CCG (www.manchester.nhs.uk/clinicalcommissioninggroups/northmanchesterccg)

Health Information Resources (www.library.nhs.uk)

National Institute for Clinical Effectiveness (NICE) (www.nice.org.uk)

NHS Careers (www.jobs.nhs.uk)

NHS Supply Chain (NHSSC) (www.supplychain.nhs.uk)

Oldham CCG (www.oldhamccg.nhs.uk)

Additional documents

For more information on Freedom of information please see the annual disclosure logs  below.

FOI Requests

Requests under the Freedom of Information Act for information not published on this website can be made as follows:

  • By Post:  To the Freedom of Information Co-ordinator, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, North Manchester General Hospital, Delaunay’s Road, Crumpsall, Manchester M8 5RB.  Tel: 0161 604 546
  • By Fax to the Freedom of Information Co-ordinator on 0161 604 5470
  • By email - please email your request to foi.trust@pat.nhs.uk