Freedom of Information

This page tells you how to access information about The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations.  It also tells you about your responsibilities - for example, you should check whether information is available through our Publications or from our website before submitting a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

What is the Freedom of Information Act 2000?

From 1 January 2005, the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act has entitled any member of the public to ask a public authority in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for any recorded information that they keep.

More information about the Act and how it is applied can be found from the website of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).  The ICO is the UK's independent public body set up to promote access to official information and protect personal information by promoting good practice, ruling on eligible complaints, providing information to individuals and organisations and taking appropriate action when the law is broken.

Publication Scheme

The Publication Scheme is a guide to the information routinely published by The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. It is a description of the information about the Trust that is made publicly available. The Trust reviews the Scheme at regular intervals and monitors how it is operating.

The Publication Scheme helps individuals to find information which the Trust publishes. The Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not change the right of patients to protection of their patient confidentiality in accordance with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998, the Data Protection Act 1998 and common law. Maintaining the legal right to patient confidentiality continues to be an important commitment by the Trust.

We routinely publish information in the following classes:

  • Who we are and what we do
  • What we spend and how we spend it
  • What are our priorities and how are we doing
  • How we make decisions
  • Our policies and procedures
  • Lists and registers
  • The services we offer

Alongside this we publish information in accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations.

Our Publication Scheme is published as a series of web pages which can be accessed using the links above or the menu on the left.  For those without Internet access, a single printout from the website can be provided by post, by personal application to the Freedom of Information Lead at the Trust. 

What type of information can I ask to have?

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives you the right to request information held by The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The Freedom of Information Act 2000 covers corporate information (e.g. who we are and what we do). It does not cover personal information (e.g. about your individual care and treatment).

If you would like to request information from the Trust, you should first refer to the Publication Scheme (left) to see if the information is already available routinely.

If the information is not listed within our Publication Scheme then you can request it from the Trust.

Information covered by The Act allows you to access recorded information (such as e-mails, letters, videos & tapes).

How do I ask for information?

All requests for information must be made in writing. You must clearly state what information you are requesting and supply your name and address. You do not need to say why you want the information. Please address your request to:

Freedom of Information Lead
Information Department
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Oswestry
Shropshire
SY10 7AG
Email: foi@rjah.nhs.uk

When you request information, unless an exemption applies:

  • we will confirm whether or not we hold the information you have requested
  • if we do hold the information, our aim is to provide this within 20 working days unless there is an exemption (for example, because we believe it would not be in the public interest to provide the information)
  • if we believe that an exemption applies, we will explain this to you.

If the information is refused:

  • if we do not supply the information that you have requested, then you can ask us to reconsider your request.  Please contact us using the contact details above, stating the reasons why you wish us to reconsider your request
  • you also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office, which is the national body overseeing implementation of the Freedom of Information Act in public authorities.

You can find out more information about your rights and responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 from the Information Commissioner's Office.

Useful sources of information on the NHS

Health and Social Care Information Centre : http://www.hscic.gov.uk

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)  collects, analyses and presents national health and social care data.
This includes data on such things as the:

  • NHS Safety Thermometer
  • Workforce Statistics
  • Complaints
  • Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs)

Health Protection Agency: http://www.hpa.org.uk

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) collects and publishes data on a number of infection related conditions such as

  • Surgical Site Infections
  • MRSA

MyNHS: http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/performance/search

MyNHS brings together data from across the health and care system to improve transparency. MyNHS will link to existing data that has already been published on:

  • patient safety
  • efficiency
  • quality
  • public health
  • social care commissioning
  • hospital food standards

NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx

The NHS Choices Website gives information on individual trusts. This includes the results of  CQC inspections and performance against “Safe Staffing” standards.

Annual accounts: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-foundation-trust-accounts-consolidation-ftc-files-201314

Details of the 2013/14 Annual accounts of all Foundation Trusts can be found here.

Data Protection Act 1998

This section of our website refers to your rights of access to corporate information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  If you would like to find out about your rights of access to your personal health records please visit our Data Protection page.

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