Our publication scheme
What is a publication scheme?
This publication scheme has been prepared and approved by the Information Commissioner. It has been adopted by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust) and will be valid until further notice.
The publication scheme commits the Trust to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities. The information covered is included in the classes of information mentioned below, where this information is held by the Trust. Additional assistance is provided to the definition of these classes in guidance manuals that are specific to the health and social care sector issued by the Information Commissioner.
The scheme commits the Trust to:
- Actively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine information, including environment information, which is held by the Trust and falls within the classes below.
- Specify the information that is held by the Trust and falls within the classes below.
- Actively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine information in line with the statements contained within this scheme.
- Produce and publish the methods by which the specific information is made routinely available so that is can be easily identified and accessed by members of the public.
- Review and update on a regular basis the information the Trust makes available under this scheme.
- Produce a schedule of any fees charged for access to information that is made actively available.
- Make this publication scheme available to the public.
- Publish any dataset held by the Trust that has been requested and any updated versions it holds, unless the Trust is satisfied that it is not appropriate to do so; to publish that dataset in electronic form that is capable of re-use and, if and information in the dataset is a relevant copyright work and the Trust is the only owner, to make the data set available for re-use under the terms of the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015, where they apply, and otherwise under section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA).
The term ‘data set’ is defined in section 15 of the FoIA; the term ‘relevant copyright work’ is defined in section 19(8).
Classes of information
Who we are and what we do
Our vision, mission and values
Constitution and self-certification
What we spend and how we spend it
Annual report and quality account
What our priorities are and how we are doing
Annual report and quality account
How we make decisions
Our policies and procedures
Lists and registers
The services we offer
The classes of information will not generally include:
- Information the disclosure of which is prevented by law, exempt under the FoIA or is otherwise properly considered to be protected from disclosure.
- Information in draft form.
- Information that is no longer readily available as it is held in files that have been placed in archive storage or is difficult to access for similar reasons.
The method by which information published under this scheme will be made available
The Trust will indicate clearly to the public what information is covered by the scheme and how it can be obtained.
Where it is within the capability of the Trust information will be provided on a website. Where it is impractical to make information available on a website, or when an individual does not wish to access the information by a website, the Trust will indicate how information can be obtained by other means and provide it by those means.
In exceptional circumstances some information may be available only by viewing in person. Where this manner is specified contact details will be provided. An appointment will be arranged within a reasonable timescale.
Information will be provided in the language in which it is held or in such other language as is reasonably required. Where the Trust is legally required to translate any information it will do so.
Obligations under disability and discrimination legislation and any other legislation to provide information in other forms or formats will be adhered to when providing information in accordance with this scheme.
Charges that may be made for information published under this scheme
The purpose of this scheme is to make the maximum amount of information readily available at minimum inconvenience and cost to the public. Charges made by the Trust for routinely published material will be justified and transparent and kept to a minimum.
Material that is published and accessed via a website will be provided free of charge.
Charges may be made for information subject to a charging regime specified by parliament.
Charges may be made for actual disbursements such as:
- Postage and packaging
- Costs incurred directly as a result of viewing information
Charges may also be made for information provided under this scheme where they are legally authorised and are in all circumstances, including the general principles of the right of access to information held by public authorities, justified and in accordance with a published schedule or schedule of fees that is readily available to the public.
Charges may also be made for making datasets (or parts of datasets) that are relevant copyright works available for re-use. These charges will be in accordance with the terms of the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 where they apply, or with regulations made under section 11B of the FoIA, or with other statutory powers of the Trust.
If a charge is to be made confirmation of the payment due will be given before the information is provided. Payment may be requested prior to provision of the information.
Information held by the Trust that is not published under this scheme can be requested in writing when its provision will be considered in accordance with the provision of the FoIA.
The email address for requesting information is: firstname.lastname@example.org
The postal address for requesting information is:
Corporate Governance Team
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