Freedom of Information requests

We make lots of information about the Trust available through our publication scheme. However if you cannot find what you are looking for, you may wish to submit a Freedom of Information request.

By publishing information on our website, we aim to make information available to the public at minimum inconvenience and cost. Material which is published and accessed on a website will be provided free of charge.  

Charges may be made for actual costs incurred such as:

  • Photocopying – our charges are currently 10 pence per sheet (20 pence per sheet for colour printing)
  • Postage and packaging – this is charged at cost to the Trust
  • Costs directly incurred as a result of retrieving and viewing information, or providing it in a different format.

If a charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before the information is provided.  Payment may be requested before we provide the information.

The Trust is not obliged to provide information where the cost of locating, retrieving and extracting the information would exceed £450.  If a request did exceed this amount we would advise on whether the information could be provided in a different way which would not exceed this limit.

On our publication scheme page you will find information which we make available in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, which allows members of the public to access Trust documents. This relates to any information about our business activities.

Any information which can be accessed on this site can be accessed free of charge.

We make seven classes of information available:

  • Who we are and what we do

This includes our organizational information, Trust locations and contact points plus our constitutional and legal governance requirements

  • What we spend and how we spend it

Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts

  • What our priorities are, and how we are doing

This includes our strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews

  • How we make decisions

Our policy proposals and decisions.  Decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations

  • Our policies and procedures

How we deliver our functions and responsibilities

  • Lists and registers

Information which is held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the Trust

  • The services we offer

Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases.  A description of the services offered.

The classes of information will not generally include:
  • Information where disclosure is prevented by law, or exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, or is otherwise properly considered to be protected from disclosure
  • Information in draft form
  • Information that is no longer readily available as it is contained in files that have been placed in archive storage, or is difficult to access for similar reasons.

Where possible, we will publish the information on this site, but if you are looking for a particular piece of information but cannot find it here, please contact us (details below) and we will do our best to help.

You can submit a Freedom of Information request in writing to: 

Freedom of Information 
Ashbourne Centre
Kingsway Hospital
DerbyDE22 3LZ

Or email: dhcft.foienquiries@nhs.net

Visit the website of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

The ICO has produced this training video to help explain public bodies’ responsibilities under the Freedom of information Act.

 

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