The publication scheme

Information within the publication scheme is divided into seven categories (or classes) as follows:

  1. Who we are and what we do
    NHS structure
    The trust’s partners
    Board of directors
    Contact us
  2. What we spend and how we spend it
    Annual statement of accounts
    Financial and audit reports
    Capital programme
    Staff pay and grading structures
    Staff and board members allowances and expenses
  3. What our priorities are and how we are doing
    Annual report
    Business plan
    Quality account
    Targets, aims and objectives
    Performance against targets
    Clinical governance
    Audit reports
    Service user surveys
  4. How we make decisions
    BoardĀ papers
    Patient and public involvement – membership
    Public consultations
  5. Our policies and procedures
    Access to medical records
    Standing financial instructions
    Standing orders of the board of directors
    Health and safety policy
  6. Lists and registers
    Any publicly available registers
  7. The services we offer
    A-Z of services
    Patient information – see individual services
    Patient relations (PALS)
    Advice and guidance
    Corporate communication and media releases

The trust’s commitment to publish information excludes any information which can legitimately be withheld under the exemptions set out in the NHS Openness Code or the Freedom of Information Act. Where individual classes are subject to exemptions, the main reasons are, for example, the protection of commercial interests and personal information under data protection legislation.