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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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.