This publication scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely published by Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. It is a description of the information about our Trust which we make publicly available. We will 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 guide so that you can find information about Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust easily.
Under Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Trust has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a publication scheme for the publication of Trust information. The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public bodies.
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 - a Caldicott Guardian - who has the responsibility to ensure the protection of patient confidentiality throughout the Trust. In the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, our Caldicott Guardian is:
Dr Janet Lippett
Chief Medical Officer
Royal Berkshire Hospital - Level 4, Main Entrance
Information falling into the classes will be retained in line with the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust's retention and disposal schedules, which complies with circular HSC1999/053 and Public Record Office guidance.
Information, which is not required for the business purposes of the Trust, is stored at the Trust or at a place of deposit approved by the Lord Chancellor for the purpose of holding public records.
Any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme should be sent in writing to:
Department of Corporate Governance
Royal Berkshire Hospital
London Road, Reading
At the present time, in addition to accessing the information identified in this publication scheme, you are entitled to request information about the Royal Berkshire 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:
Department of Health
PO Box 777
Sometimes, some or all of the information cannot be provided and we will explain the reasons why not when and if 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 the Act obliged the Trust to respond to requests about the information which it holds and is recorded in any form and created 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.
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you are also entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you. To do this contact:
Medical Records Department
Royal Berkshire Hospital
Reading RG1 5AN
Corporate and Information Governance
Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust
0118 322 6743