Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 gives a general right of access to all types of non-personal (corporate and business) information held by the Trust (a Public Authority).

The objective of The Freedom of Information 'Act' is to promote a culture of openness and accountability.

The Right to Information

Individuals already have the right to access information about them ('Personal data'), which is held on computer, and in some paper files, under the Data Protection Act 2018. This is known as the 'Subject Access Right'.

The Freedom of Information Act extends this right to allow access to all types of corporate, business information held.

Making a 'Request for Information'

Applicants will not be required to mention the FOI Act when making a request for information.

Before the Trust is required to respond, a request will have to satisfy certain conditions. A request for information under The Act's general right of access must be:

  • In permanent form, (in writing or by e-mail - which is received in legible form and is capable of being used for subsequent reference)
  • State the name and address of the applicant for correspondence
  • Include sufficient information to enable the Trust to identify the information requested

Under the terms of "The Act" a request for information can be received and should be dealt with by any employee of the organisation in receipt of a request.

However, North Bristol NHS Trust has implemented a procedure whereby any request received for should be forwarded immediately to the Information Governance Manager (FOI Lead) or in the case of the Media requesting information the Media Relations Manager.

Requesting Information

You will not be required to mention either the FOI Act or give a reason for your request when making a request for information.

Before the Trust is required to respond, a request will have to satisfy certain conditions:

  • In a permanent form, for instance in writing or by e-mail
  • State the name of the applicant, address for correspondence
  • Include sufficient information to enable the Trust to identify the information requested

To make a request for information please email foi@nbt.nhs.uk

'Fees Regulations'
The Trust does not have to action the request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying will exceed the limit of: £450.00

Based on:

  • A national rate of £25.00 per person, per hour
  • Photocopying at 25p per sheet
  • Postage & Packaging

FOI Publication Scheme

The Publication Scheme includes Freedom of Information requests made to us.

We shall review the Scheme at regular intervals and monitor how it is operating.

Under Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 , we have a duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme. The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities. The Freedom of Information Act does not change the right of patients to protection of their confidentiality. Maintaining the legal right to patient confidentiality continues to be an important commitment on our part.

Reuse of Public Sector Information & Links with FOI

1 July 2005 new regulations came into force covering the re-use of public sector information (Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 (SI 2005 No. 1515)

Responding to an FOI request by supplying information does not confer an automatic right of re-use.

Scheme Accountability (NBT Website) The Director of Information Management & Technology is the senior lead for this Scheme. The day to day maintenance of the Publication Scheme (this website) is the responsibility of the Head of Information Governance and Information Management Directorate.

Information Governance Team

To contact the Information Governance Team telephone
0117 4142019