Freedom of Information

What is the Freedom of Information Act?

It is a law passed by the Government that gives you the right to request information from public services.  The aim of the Act is to promote trust and confidence in our public services, including the NHS, by providing clear information and being open about what we do.

What information can I obtain?

You can obtain corporate information about the business processes of the Trust.  We have already made the majority of the corporate information we produce available through our Publication Scheme.  This Scheme contains a guide to the types of information we have already made available or intend to make available in the near future.

What information is available?

We recognise the importance of the freedom of information and we have, therefore, made sure that the majority of corporate information we produce is available through our Publication Scheme and that other information will be readily available on request. Our Publication Scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely published by us.  It is a description of the information about our Trust which we make publicly available.  We review the Scheme at regular intervals and monitor how it is operating.  It is important to us that the Scheme meets your needs and we have designed it to be a route map so that you can find information about the Trust easily.  However, if you feel there is information that could usefully be added to the Scheme that we have missed, please feel free to contact us at

Can I get access to information about myself or other service users?

The Freedom of Information Act does not change the legal right of service users to protection of their patient confidentiality.  Maintaining this right of confidentiality is an important commitment for all NHS organisations.  To help with this, all Trusts have appointed a Caldicott Guardian who has the responsibility to ensure the protection of patient confidentiality in accordance with patient legal rights.  The Caldicott Guardian for our Trust is Clive Clarke. You may obtain access to your own health records under the Data Protection Act 2018.  You can download the application forms here: Access to Records Form

Will I be able to get access to all of the Trust's information?

The right to obtain information may be limited by some exemptions which are listed within the Act.  The effect of the exemptions is that we may not be able to supply all or part of the information requested.  If possible we will supply the information requested with the exempt information removed.

How do I get access to information not contained within the Publication Scheme?

You must make your request in writing, which includes by e-mail.  The request must include your name and address so that we can contact you.  You do not need to tell us why you want the information, however, you must give us enough detail about the information you require to allow us to correctly identify and find it. You can send your Freedom of Information Act request to For further information regarding the Freedom of Information Publication Scheme please contact: Margaret Saunders, Director of Corporate Governance/Board Secretary Email Margaret Please put 'FOI request' in the subject line of any e-mails. Tel no: 0114 2716370

Where can I see the Publication Scheme?

Click on the link to view a copy of the publication scheme.  Freedom of Information Publication Scheme (Issued January 2005 (Updated January 2018))

Complaints and Appeals

Any complaints about our handling of your request or about our Publication Scheme should in the first instance be addressed to: Head of Corporate Affairs, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, Fulwood House, Old Fulwood Road, Sheffield, S10 3TH   You are also free to contact: The Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire  Sk9 5AF