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Freedom of Information Publication Scheme

Information available to the public as part of the Trust's normal business activities can be found on this website or via our register of released information which can be found at the link below.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has adopted the model publication scheme prepared and approved by the Information Commissioner. It has been adopted without modification and is valid until further notice.

This publication scheme commits Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation 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 below, where this information is held by the authority. Additional assistance is provided to the definition of these classes in sector specific guidance manuals issued by the Information Commissioner.

The scheme commits the Trust to:

  • proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information, including environmental information, which is held by the Trust and falls within the classifications below
  • specify the information which is held by the Trust and falls within the classifications below
  • publish proactively, 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 it 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 which is made proactively available
  • make this publication scheme available to the public.
  • publish any dataset held by the trust that has been requested, and any updated version it holds, unless the trust is satisfied that it is not appropriate to do so; to publish the dataset, where reasonably practicable, in an electronic form that is capable of re-use; and, if any information in the dataset is a relevant copyright work and the public authority is the only owner, to make the information available for re-use under a specified licence.

The term 'dataset' is defined in section 11(5) of the Freedom of Information Act. The terms 'relevant copyright work' and 'specified licence' are defined in section 19(8) of that Act.

All requests for information should be made via email to:

Classes of information

Who we are and what we do

What we spend and how we spend it

What our priorities are and how we are doing

How we make decisions

Our policies and procedures

Lists and registers

The services we offer

Information not included in these classes

The classes of information will not generally include:

  • information the disclosure of which 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.

How information will be made available

The Trust will indicate clearly to the public what information is covered by this scheme, and how it can be obtained.

Where it is within the capability of the Trust, information will be provided on this website.

Where it is impracticable to make information available on the website, or when an individual does not wish to access the information via the 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 to view the information will be arranged within a reasonable timescale.

Information will be provided in the language in which it is held, or in such other language that is legally 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 and formats will be adhered to when providing information in accordance with this scheme.

Charges for information

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 which is published and accessed on 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:

  • photocopying
  • postage and packaging
  • costs directly incurred as a result of viewing information.

Charges may also be made for information provided under this scheme where they are:

  • legally authorised
  • in all circumstances, including the general principles of the right of access to information held by public authorities, justified
  • in accordance with a published schedule or schedules of fees 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 either regulations made under section 11B of the Freedom of Information Act or other enactments.

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.

Written requests

Information held by the Trust, that is not published under this scheme, can be requested in writing in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.

If the information you are seeking is environmental, this can be requested verbally or in writing under the Environmental Information Regulations.

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