Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Trust

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Trust

What a Publication Scheme is:

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Information Managment

Information falling into the Classes will be retained in line with the 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

Any questions, comments or complaints about this Scheme should be sent in writing to Information Governance Department at 2nd Floor Trafalgar House, 47-49 King Street, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 8PS or via email ig.dwmh@nhs.net If you have a complaint about the operation of the Publication Scheme, or how the Trust has dealt with your request for information from the Scheme, please write to the security and confidentiality manager as above.

Rights of Access to Information

At the present time, in addition to accessing the information identified in this Publication Scheme, you are entitled to request information about Dudley Primary Care 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 http://www.doh.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. These rights are subject to some exemptions which the Trust has to take into account before deciding what information can be released. The Publication Scheme will help you to find all the information which the Trust publishes.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 Katie Bytheway, Information Governance Support Officer, at Floor Trafalgar House, 47-49 King Street, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 8PS or via email ig.dwmh@nhs.net

For general advice or assistance please contact Freedom of Information Officer, foi@dwmh.nhs.uk