C ANDERSON Dental Practice Publication Scheme
This is a guide to the Publication Scheme for C Anderson Dental Practice as required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Part One: Introduction and Background
Welcome to the Publication Scheme for Mr C Anderson
This Publication Scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely made available to the public by our dental practice as required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000. It is a description of the information about our Dental Practitioners and Practice which we make publicly available. The Publication Scheme will be reviewed at regular intervals and we will monitor its effectiveness.
2. Your rights to information
a) The Freedom of Information Act 2000 recognises that members of the public have the right to know how public services are organised and run, how much they cost and how the decisions are made.
b) From January 1st 2005 it will oblige the Dental Practice to respond to requests about information that it holds, and is recorded in any format and it will create a right of access to that information. These rights are subject to some exemptions which have to be taken into consideration before deciding what information it can release.
c) In addition to accessing the information identified in the Publication Scheme, you are entitled to request information about.C Anderson Dental Practice under the NHS Openness Code 1995.
d) Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you are also entitled to access your dental records or any other personal information held about you by applying in writing to:
Mr C Anderson
10 Church Street
e) New environmental information regulations may be introduced as early as 2003. These will enable similar access to environmental information as under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
3. How is the information made available?
The information within each Class is either downloadable from the practice website www.chrisandersondentalsurgeon.com or is available in hard copy. You can obtain a hard copy of the information referred to in this publication scheme, by writing to:
Mr C Anderson
10 Church Street,
4. How much will the publications cost?
The publications are all free unless otherwise indicated within the class (see below). Where information is provided at a cost, the charges will be calculated as set out in Class 7 below.
If you have any comments about the operation of the Publication Scheme, or how we have dealt with your request for information from the Scheme, please write to:
10 Church Street,
Part Two: Classes of Information
All information at the Mr C Anderson Dental Practice is held, retained and destroyed in accordance with NHS guidelines.
Our commitment to publish information excludes any information which can be legitimately withheld under the exemptions set out in the NHS Openness Code or Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Where individual Classes are subject to exemptions, the main reasons are e.g. the protection of commercial interests and personal information under the Data Protection Act 1998. This applies to all Classes within the Publication Scheme.
The information on this Scheme is grouped into the following broad categories:
1. Who we are
Description: Details of the practice, organisational structures, key personnel and how we fit into the NHS
2. Our Services
Description: The range of services we provide under contract to the NHS
3. Financial and funding information
Description: Funding details and charging policies
4. Regular publications and information for the public
Description: Guidance and information leaflets
Description: Policies, procedures and contacts for complaints
6. Our policies and procedures
Description: General policies and procedures in use within the practice. These include, but are not restricted to, data protection, prescribing and prescription, health and safety
7. This Publication Scheme
Description: In this class we will publish any changes we make to this Publication Scheme, the criteria on which our information management policies are made and a referral point for all enquires regarding information management generally in the practice. We will also publish any proposed changes or additions to publications already available.
This Publication Scheme
Cost of Information
Most of the information is available free, but there may be a nominal charge to cover costs if you require a hard copy of information.
The charges will vary according to how the information is made available.
Charges as follows:
a) Website – Free of charge via the [Dental Practice/Primary Care Trust] website
Website addresses are: www.chrisandersondentalsurgeon.com
Note: Any charges for Internet Service provider and personal printing costs would have to be met by the individual.
b) Single Print Out - If you do not have internet access, a single print-out as on the website can be obtained by applying in writing to:
10 Church Street,Rastrick,Brighouse,HD6 3NF
[The practice charges 20 pence per sheet and the cost of postage]
c) Multiple copies or archived copies - of documents which are no longer available on the web, will attract a charge for the retrieval, photocopy, postage etc. We will let you know the cost and charges that will have to be paid in advance.
Please note: We will not provide printouts of other organisation’s websites.
d) Leaflets and brochures -Leaflets or booklets on, for example, the services we offer to the public are free of charge for single copies. (see item c above for multiple copies). [A list is available from]
The charges will be reviewed regularly.
Part 3: Useful Resources
Information Commissioner website. www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk
Lord Chancellor website www.lcd.gov.uk
NHS Freedom of Information websitewww.nhs.foi.uk
Calderdale Primary Care Trust website www.calderdale-pct.nhs.uk
• NHS Openness Code www.doh.gov.uk/nhsexec/codemain.htm
• FOI Act 2000 www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/acts2000/2000036.htm
• Code of Practice under Section 45 FOI Act 2000 www.lcd.gov.uk
• Code of Practice under Section 46 FOI Act 2000 www.lcd.gov.uk
Material available through this Publication Scheme is subject to the Dental Practice’s copyright unless otherwise indicated. Unless expressly indicated to the contrary, it may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium provided it is done so accurately in a manner which will not mislead. Where items are re-published or copied to others, you must identify the source and acknowledge copyright status. This permit does not extend to third party material, accessed through the scheme. For HMSO Guidance Notes see WWW.hmso.gov.uk/guides.htm