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Guide to Information provided by GPs under the model publication scheme

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 all public authorities are required to have and operate a publication scheme approved by the Information Commissioner. Doctors providing medical services under most contracts with the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are public authorities in respect of information relating to those services.

 

It is the intention of the Information Commissioner that all public authorities should adopt and operate the one model scheme that has been approved. This is a very general scheme based on the principal that all public authorities need to recognize the public interest in the transparency of the services provided for and paid for by the general public. It is a commitment to make information easily available to the public.

 

Note: The scheme is only for information held as a public authority and does not include any information that is not held, is held for other purposes or would be exempt from release.

 

The scheme requires three documents to be considered:

 

·        the model scheme itself; 

·        our guidance on adopting and operating the scheme; and,

·        a guide provided by the public authority indicating what information will be provided, how it will be provided and whether any charge will be made for its provision.

 

To assist medical practitioners who are public authorities we have produced the outline of a guide for their use. They should consider expanding elements of it to provide greater explanation and additional information where this can be done. For example if there are specific plans for the provision of NHS services these could be detailed. It is not necessary to submit the guide completed by the practice for approval.  

 

We recognize that it is unlikely that GPs are going to have registers available for public inspection and while this remains the case “None Held” can be entered in this section. Under policies and procedures we have listed the policies we would expect practices to have. Again if this is not the case, “Not held” can entered in the relevant part. Any additional policies should also be listed.

 

Fees should be requested only where this is done in accordance our guidance.

Information available from The Ridgeway Surgery, Astwood Bank,

B96 6DS providing medical services under contract to the NHS) under the Freedom of Information Act model publication scheme

 

Information covered by this scheme is only about the primary, general or personal medical services we provide under contract to the National Health Service.

 

 

Information to be published

How the information can be obtained

(eg hard copy, website)

Cost

Class1 - Who we are and what we do

(Organisational information, structures, locations and contacts)

 

This will be current information only

                                   

 

Hard copy

Email

Practice Website: wwwtheridgewaysurgery.co.uk

NHS Choices Website

 

Nil

Doctors in the practice

As above

Nil

Contact details for the practice

As Above

Nil

Opening hours

As above

Nil

Other staffing details

As above

Nil

 

 

 

Class 2 – What we spend and how we spend it

(Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit)

 

Current and previous financial year as a minimum

 

 

Total cost to the PCT/LHB/HSSB of our contracted services.

Available upon request from PCT

Not Known

Audit of NHS income

Available upon request from PCT

Not Known

 

 

 

Class 3 – What our priorities are and how we are doing

(Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews)

 

Current and previous year as a minimum

 

 

 

 

 

Plans for the development and provision of NHS services

Available on request from Rosamunde Tobbell

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class 4 – How we make decisions

(Decision making processes and records of decisions)

 

 

                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

Records of decisions made in the practice affecting the provision of NHS services

Available on request from Rosamunde Tobbell

 

 

 

 

Class 5 – Our policies and procedures

(Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities)

 

Current information only (mark “not held” against any policies not actually held)

 

 

 

Policies and procedures about the employment of staff

Available on request from Rosamunde Tobbell

 

Internal instructions to staff and policies relating to the delivery of services

Available on request from Rosamunde Tobbell

 

Equality and diversity policy

Available on request from Rosamunde Tobbell

 

Health and safety policy

Available on request from Rosamunde Tobbell

 

Complaints procedures (including those covering requests for information and operating the publication scheme)

Available on request from Rosamunde Tobbell

 

Records management policies (records retention, destruction and archive)

Available on request from Rosamunde Tobbell

 

Data protection policies

Available on request from Rosamunde Tobbell

 

Policies and procedures for handling requests for information

Available on request from Rosamunde Tobbell

 

Patients’ charter

Available on request from Rosamunde Tobbell

 

 

 

 

Class 6 – Lists and Registers

 

Currently maintained lists and registers only

 

 

 

Any publicly available register or list ( if any are held this should be publicised; in most circumstances existing access provisions will suffice )

http://www.gpcontract.co.uk/surgery.php?orgcode=M81077

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class 7 – The services we offer

(Information about the services we offer, including leaflets, guidance and newsletters produced for the public)

 

Current information only

 

 

 

 

 

 

The services provided under contract to the NHS

Hard copy

Email

Practice Website: wwwtheridgewaysurgery.co.uk

NHS Choices Website

 

 

Charges for any of these services

Available on request from Rosamunde Tobbell

 

Information leaflets

Hard copy

Email

Practice Website: wwwtheridgewaysurgery.co.uk

NHS Choices Website

 

 

Out of hours arrangements

Hard copy

Email

Practice Website: wwwtheridgewaysurgery.co.uk

NHS Choices Website

 

 

 

 

 

 
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