Guide to information
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, public authorities have to produce a publications cheme. Under the terms of this Act, every public authority has a duty to specify what information they publish, how this information is made available and whether it is available free of charge or upon payment. The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openess by public authorities.
The classes of information below establish helpful subject areas for information we routinely publish. Please click on the links below to find out more information.
- Who we are and what we do - this class contains information on how we fit within the local and national structure of the NHS, organisation information, structures, locations and contacts.
- What we spend and how we spend it - financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit.
- What our priorities are and how are we doing - strategic and performance information, plans, inspects, audits and reviews including annual reports.
- Howe we make decisions - information on our decision making process and records of decisions including minutes of board meetings, public consultations and internal guidance.
- Our policies and procedures - current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities.
- Lists and registers - information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of NHS Swindon.
- The services we offer - information about the services we offer including advice and guidance, leaflets, media releases and more.
The classes of information that we will not generally include are:
- Information, the disclosureof which is prevented by law, exempt under the Freedom of Inforamtion Act or is otherwise properly considered to be protected from closure.
- Information in draft form.
- Information no longer readily available, as it is contained in files that have been placed in archive storage or is diffult to access for similar reasons.