In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act), every public authority is required to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme. The Act requires that all public authorities will proactively make information available to the public and recognises that the public have the right to know how services are run, including how much they cost and requires all public authorities to be proactive in making information readily available.
Our Publication Scheme is a complete Guide to Information routinely published by Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board (the Health Board), it specifies how the information is published and whether any Charges are payable for accessing that information. It sets out the type of information the Health Board produces and the associated decision making processes which are made publicly available. The Guide to Information follows the format of the seven broad classes of information as referred to in the Model Publication Scheme and in the Definition Document for Health Bodies in Wales produced by the Information Commissioner. Within these classes the information categories which form our publication scheme, are defined.
It is important to the Health Board that our Publication Scheme meets the needs of the public therefore it has been designed to be a route map to enable individuals to find information about the Health Board easily. A Printable Version of the Publication Scheme is available in both English and Welsh. A hard copy is also available on request by Contacting Us.
If you cannot find the information you require in this Publication Scheme or on our Web site, please Contact Us. If we hold the information, we will provide it to you as quickly as possible.
Our Publication Scheme will be reviewed at regular intervals and its operation will be monitored.
Rights of Access to Information
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 reflects the government’s commitment to make more information about public services available to the general public. The Act’s purpose is to ensure that all areas of public bodies, including the NHS, are open and transparent.
The public can access recorded information through two main sources; the Health Board’s Publication Scheme and through General Rights of Access. The right to request and access this information is subject to some exemptions which the Health Board has to take into consideration before deciding what information can be released.
The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 allow individuals the right to access Environmental Information held by public authorities. The public can access recorded information through the Health Board’s Publication Scheme and through general rights of access. All Environmental Information can be accessed by the public unless the Health Board considers that an exception applies to the requested information.
Code of Practice on Openness
As well as being able to access the information identified in the Publication Scheme, the public are also entitled to request information about the Health Board under the Code of Practice on Openness in the NHS issued by the Welsh Assembly Government in 2003.
Data Protection Act
The Freedom of Information Act does not change the right of individuals to expect their personal information to be kept confidential in accordance with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998, the Data Protection Act 1998 and common law.
Under the Data Protection Act, individuals are entitled to access all types of personal information held about them by Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board, including computer and paper records, imaging systems including visual and audio records, photographs, CCTV and any other media that records information traceable to an individual.
Maintaining the legal right to patient confidentiality continues to be an important commitment on the part of the Health Board. To help with this, the Health Board has appointed a Caldicott Guardian; Mark Scriven - Executive Medical & Clinical Services Director, who has the responsibility to ensure the protection of patient confidentiality throughout the organisation, in accordance with patients’ rights.
To request access to your medical records or other personal information which the Health Board may hold about you, you can make a Subject Access Request.
The Welsh Language Scheme
Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board is committed to promoting the use of the Welsh Language throughout the business of the organisation.
Information falling into the seven Classes will be retained in line with the Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board’s Records Management policy, outlining the organisation’s retention and disposal schedules, which comply with the Welsh Assembly Governments Circular WHC (2000) 71 – For the Record and the Department of Health's Records Management: NHS Code of Practice.
The material available through this Publication Scheme is subject to Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board’s copyright unless otherwise indicated. Unless expressly indicated to the contrary, it may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium, providing it is reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading manner.
Where any copyright items in the Publication Scheme are being re-published or copied to others, you must identify the source of the material and acknowledge the copyright status. Permission to reproduce material does not extend to any material accessed through the Publication Scheme that is the copyright of third parties. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be sought from the copyright holders concerned. The Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) have guidance notes on a range of copyright issues on their website.
If you would like to comment on any part of the Publication Scheme, or have any questions or complaints about the Scheme, please Contact Us.
If you cannot find the information you require in this Scheme or on our Web site, please Contact Us. If we hold the information, we will provide it to you as quickly as possible.
Local Health Board was formed on 1st October 2009 by combining North Wales NHS Trust (formally Conwy & Denbighshire NHS Trust and North East Wales NHS Trust), North West Wales NHS Trust and the six North Wales Local Health Boards. Betsi Cadwaladr University