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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust - 70 years of the NHS

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Freedom of Information

Under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) you have the right to request access to information held by public sector organisations, of which North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is one.

Publication Scheme

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is the UK's independent information rights watchdog and has introduced a model publication scheme for public sector organisations such as NHS trusts. The scheme contains seven classes of information. These are shown in the navigation headings on the left. If you are looking for information about North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, you will find it in one of these sections or by looking through our "About Us" section.

  1. Who we are and what we do. Organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance.
  2. What we spend and how we spend it. Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts. 
  3. What our priorities are and how we are doing. Strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews. 
  4. How we make decisions. Policy proposals and decisions. Decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations. 
  5. Our policies and procedures. Current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities[available on request through the FoI team]. 
  6. Lists and registers. Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority. 
  7. The services we offer. Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases. A description of the services offered.

How to request personal information from your health record

If you are a patient and wish to apply for access to your health record; you can find out how to access your own information in our inpatient section.

How to request non-personal (business or corporate) information 

If you cannot find the information you require on our website, you can send a request to the Trust using the following contact details:

Freedom of Information Team
Cumberland Infirmary

Please note that the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA) includes a number of exemptions, and it may be the case that a request falling under one of these exemptions cannot be fulfilled. Also in some cases where a request is exceptionally complex or wide-ranging a fee may be applied following discussion with and the agreement of the person making the request.

The Trust publishes its responses to previous requests for information in its 'disclosure log'.

Data Protection / General Data Protection Regulation and Freedom of Information

The Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) primarily function to safeguard and protect information held about individuals. It also provides individuals with a right of access to any personal information held that relates to them.  The FOI Act 2000 does not give individuals access to their personal information. Any such request would be treated as a Data Protection Act subject access request. If the individual chooses to make this information public, it could be used alongside non-personal information gained by the public under the terms of the FOI Act.

Please see our leaflets for further information:

Environmental information regulations

The environmental information regulations give you the right to obtain information about the environment held by public authorities, unless there are good reasons to keep it confidential.

NHS openness code

Our Trust is committed to the NHS Openness Code