Accessibility

Part One - Introduction

Part One - Introduction

The Freedom of Information Act recognises that, as a member of the public, you have the right to know how public services such as the NHS are organised and run, how much they cost and how you can make complaints if you need to. You have the right to know which services are being provided, the targets that are being set, the standards of services that are expected and the results achieved.

From 1 January 2005, the Freedom of Information Act allowed anyone to request information held by Musgrove Park Hospital.
Musgrove Park Hospital is obliged to respond to requests for information. The rights to request and access this information are subject to some exemptions which the hospital will apply in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act Code of Practice and guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office.

Publication Scheme

Under Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Musgrove Park Hospital has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme for the publication of its information. This publication scheme is a guide to the information routinely published by Musgrove Park Hospital. It is a description of the information about Musgrove Park.

We shall review the scheme at regular intervals and monitor how it is operating. It is important to us that this scheme meets your needs and we have designed it to be a route map so that you can find information about Musgrove Park.

The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities (of which Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is one). The Publication Scheme will help you to find the following information:

Part One - Introduction

This Publication Scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely published by Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. It is a description of the information about our Trust which we make publicly available. 

Under Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (there is a link to the Act in Part Three below), Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme for the publication of Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust information. The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities (of which Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is one).

The Publication Scheme will help you to find all the information which the Trust publishes. The Freedom of Information Act does not change the right of patients to protection of their patient confidentiality in accordance with Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention, the Data Protection Act and at common law.

Maintaining the legal right to patient confidentiality continues to be an important commitment on our part. To help with this, we have appointed someone who is called a Caldicott Guardian who has responsibility to ensure the protection of patient confidentiality throughout the Trust in accordance with your legal rights. In Taunton & Somerset Acute Trust, our Caldicott Guardian is: Colin Close, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, TA1 5DA.

Information Management

Information falling into the Classes will be retained in line with the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust’s retention and disposal schedules, which comply with circular HSC1999/53 and Public Record Office Guidance.

Information not required for the business purposes of the Trust is stored at the Trust/at a place of deposit approved by the Lord Chancellor for the purpose of holding public records.

Feedback/ Complaints

Any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme or how Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has dealt with your request for information sould be sent in writing to:

Hayley Peters, Director of patient care

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Musgrove Park Hospital
Taunton
TA1 5DA

Email: foi@tst.nhs.uk

At the present time, in addition to accessing the information identified in this publication scheme, you are entitled to request information about Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust under the NHS Openness Code 1995. A link to this is available in Part 3 of the scheme and hard copies are available free of charge from the Department of Health:

Department of Health
DoH Publications
PO Box 777
London
SE1 6XH

Tel: 0207 210 4850
E-mail: dhmail@doh.gsi.gov.uk

Sometimes, some or all of the information cannot be provided and we will explain the reasons why not when this happens.

  • The Freedom of Information Act recognises that as a member of the public, you have the right to know how public services such as the NHS are organised and run, how much they cost and how you can make complaints if you need to. You have the right to know which services are being provided, the targets that are being set, the standards of services that are expected and the results achieved.
  • From January 1st 2005 it will also oblige the Trust to respond to requests about the information which it holds and is recorded in any form and it will create a right of access to that information. The rights to request and access this information are subject to some exemptions which the Trust has to take into consideration before deciding what information can be released.
  • To request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please write to: Freedom of Information Officer, Taunton and Somerset NHS  Foundation Trust, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton TA1 5DA. or email:  foi@tst.nhs.uk
  • Environmental Information Regulations introduced in 2003 enable similar access to environmental information, as under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you are also entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you and you can contact: Health Records and Information Governance Manager, Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, TA1 5DA. or email: louise.coppin@tst.nhs.uk