Access to Information

On this website we publish a lot of information about who we are and what we do.  However there may be things about the Trust and our business which you would like further information on.  In this part of our website we explain how you can get this information.


Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act makes it easier for you to get information about us. This law, which came into force on 1 January 2005, means that anyone, anywhere can ask for any information we hold.

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Publication Scheme

In order to comply with the Freedom of Information Act public sector organisations such as ours routinely publish information whenever possible.

The Information Commissioner, who is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, has drawn up a Model Publication Scheme for all public sector organisations which we have adopted.

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Data Protection Act 1998

If you want to ask us for information which we may hold about you personally then this will be dealt with under the Data Protection Act 1998. This would include information relating to health records, employment and training – anything which is limited to you as a person whether as a patient, employee or partner of any kind.
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Privacy Advisory Committee

In 2002 the DHSSPSNI undertook a public consultation on protecting personal information in Health & Social Care bodies. This resulted in 14 recommendations designed to improve the way in which those bodies handle the personal information of service users.

One of the recommendations was that a Privacy Advisory Committee (PAC) should be established to take forward the implementation of the other recommendations.

The PAC was established in 2006, its principal role is to advise HSC bodies about the use of information relating to patients and clients.

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*STAFF* Fair Processing Notice from Human Resources

The Trust processes personal data and sensitive personal data about its staff and this is used mainly for employment related purposes. Changes to the data protection regulations in respect of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has resulted in the need  to draw your attention to a Fair Processing Notice from the Human Resources Directorate.  This Fair Processing Notice has been drawn up in line with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Privacy Notices Code of Practice, to assist the Trust to comply with data protection principles and legislation. It aims to make staff aware of how the Trust processes and uses your personal data.  Please access the Fair Processing Notice through the link below:

Fair Processing Notice - HR

Recruitment Guidance for those with Criminal & Conflict Related Convictions

ACNI applications and the Recruitment of people with criminal & conflict related convictions.

The South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust aims to recruit the most suitable applicant(s) in line with the Trust’s Recruitment & Selection Procedures.

The Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exceptions) (NI) Order 1979 provides additional protection to vulnerable groups and applies to all posts within the Health and Social Care Services.

We actively promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential, and welcome applications from a wide range of candidates, including those with criminal records. The Trust recognises the importance of ensuring that applicants who have been convicted or cautioned are treated fairly and given every opportunity to establish their suitability for positions with the Trust.

The South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust has guidance on the Recruitment of  People with Criminal Convictions. To access a copy of this guidance, please Click Here


Before any appointment to a post can be confirmed, as part of the Recruitment and Selection process, it may be necessary for the Trust to carry out a check through Access N.I.

Where it is necessary to obtain an Access NI disclosure, the South Eastern HSC Trust operates in line with the Access NI Code of Practice, including the safe handling and secure storage of Access NI disclosures.

To access a copy of the Access NI Code of Practice, please Click Here

To access a copy of the Trust’s Data Protection Policy Statement, Click Here.