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Part one: Introduction

1. What a Publication Scheme is

2. Feedback

3. Rights of Access to Information


1. What a Publication Scheme is

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 Trust information. All Publication Schemes have to be approved by the Information Commissioner (www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk). The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities, of which Barts and The London NHS Trust is one.

This Publication Scheme is a guide to the information routinely published by Barts and The London NHS Trust.  It is a description of the information about the Trust which is made publicly available. The Scheme has been designed to serve as a route map to make it easier for members of the public to find all the information which the Trust publishes.  The Trust will review the Scheme at regular intervals and monitor how it is operating.

Patient confidentiality and human rights

The Freedom of Information Act does not change the right of patients to the protection of their confidentiality in accordance with Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention, the Data Protection Act and common law duty of confidentiality. Maintaining the legal right to patient confidentiality continues to be an important commitment by the Trust. To help with this, the Trust has appointed a ‘Caldicott Guardian’, who has responsibility to ensure the protection of patient confidentiality throughout the Trust in accordance with patients’ legal rights.

At Barts and The London NHS Trust, our Caldicott Guardian is the Medical Director, Dr Charles Gutteridge. The Medical Director acts as the responsible officer for issues relating to patient confidentiality under the Caldicott principles.


2. Feedback

Details of the management of information in this Publication Scheme are given in Part Two, Section 15.

To obtain a hard copy of the publication scheme, please contact our Communications Department (Tel: 020 7480 4876) or

Download Barts and The London FOI Publication Scheme, September 2006.

To obtain a copy of our publication scheme in large print, please contact the Communications Department.

To obtain information detailed in our publication scheme please contact the Publication Scheme Co-ordinator:

Susan Cunnington-KIng
Director of Communications
Barts and The London NHS Trust
The Royal London Hospital
Whitechapel
London E1 1BB

Tel: 020 7480 4876

Email:  FOI@bartsandthelondon.nhs.uk

If you have a complaint about the operation of the Publication Scheme or how the Barts and The London NHS Trust has dealt with your request for information please write to:

Nicola Gould
Information Governance Manager
Barts and The London NHS Trust
ICT Department
The Royal London Hospital
Whitechapel
London E1 1BB

Email:  FOI@bartsandthelondon.nhs.uk


3. Rights of Access to Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 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 should 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.

From 1 January 2005, the Act obliges NHS trusts to respond to requests about the information they hold and which is recorded in any form, as well as asserting a right of access to that information. The rights to request and access this information are subject to some exemptions which the Trust will have to take into consideration before deciding what information can be released.

If the Publication Scheme does not list the information you would like to access, or to provide feedback or comments, please email: FOI@bartsandthelondon.nhs.uk

Alternatively, you can write to:

Nicola Gould
Information Governance Manager
Barts and The London NHS Trust
ICT Department
The Royal London Hospital
Whitechapel
London E1 1BB

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you are also entitled to a copy of the information held in your health records. This is called a ‘Subject Access Request’. If you wish to make a subject access request , please contact:

Information Co-ordinators
Health Records Department
Basement Outpatient Department
Barts and The London NHS Trust
The Royal London Hospital
Whitechapel
London E1 1BB

For any other personal information held about you please contact:

Ian Walker
Trust Secretary
Barts and The London NHS Trust
The Royal London Hospital
Whitechapel
London E1 1BB


The classes of information held by Barts and The London NHS Trust

Inspection and monitoring bodies

Download Barts and The London FOI Publication Scheme, September 2006.