Publication Scheme

Publication Scheme

The Information Commissioner’s publication scheme commits us to make information available to the public as part of our normal business activities. The information covered is included in the classes of information mentioned below, where this information is held by us.

The scheme commits the Trust:

  • To proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information, including environmental information, which is held by Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and falls within the classifications below.
  • To specify the information which is held by Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and falls within the classifications below.
  • To proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information in line with the statements contained within this scheme.
  • To produce and publish the methods by which the specific information is made routinely available so that it can be easily identified and accessed by members of the public.
  • To review and update on a regular basis the information the authority makes available under this scheme.
  • To produce a schedule of any fees charged for access to information which is made proactively available.
  • To make this publication scheme available to the public.

Any documents which are listed in our scheme but are not included in our website content will be provided within five days of your request to the relevant department.

If you can’t find the information you need, you can make a request for information.

Classes of Information

The Publication Scheme comprises seven classes of information (known as Definition Documents):

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is an integrated care organisation providing care and support in the community at over 20 health centres and clinics, including the prestigious Bolton One complex in the town centre, as well as services such as district and school nursing.

We also provide intermediate care in the community and a wide range of services at the Royal Bolton Hospital. You can find out more about the organisation, our values and our structure in our Who we are pages.

Each year, we produce an annual report to explain what we’ve done in the past 12 months and what our plans are for the coming year.

This report covers everything from changes to our services, improvements to buildings and how we’ve spent the public’s money to improve the health of the people we care for.

You can read these reports and other publications in our Reports and Publications pages.

Our Trust values demonstrate our deeply held beliefs about what is good, right and appropriate for both patients and staff.

You can read more about our priorities and progress against them on our quality and performance pages. 

The Board of Directors comprises the Chairman, Chief Executive, Non‐Executive Directors and Executive Directors.

The Board of Directors as a whole is responsible for ensuring the quality and safety of healthcare services, education, training and research delivered by the Trust and applying the principles and standards of clinical governance set out by the Department of Health, the Care Quality Commission, and other relevant NHS bodies.

You can read more about our Board and our structure on our Who we are pages.

The Trust has a wide range of policies and procedures in place, to ensure compliance with both NHS policies and procedures and with national legislation.

All policies can be requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in writing or via email at the below address.

The Trust Secretary maintains a register of other significant interests held by Directors and Governors which may conflict with their responsibilities, access to which can be obtained by submitting a written request to the Trust Secretary.

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and the people who work with and for us, collaborate closely with other organisations, delivering high quality care for our patients.

Collaborative partnerships such as these have many benefits and should help ensure that public money is spent efficiently and wisely. But there is a risk that conflicts of interest may arise.

All staff are required to declare any interests which may cause a conflict in doing their day to day work, together with any gifts and hospitality received during the course of their work. In particular the Trust asks that all senior employees whose role encompasses purchasing decisions, make an annual declaration of interests. This includes providing a Nil Return where they have nothing to declare.

You can find more information about our services, medical teams and where the services are based on Our Services page.

Charges which may be made for information published under this scheme

The purpose of this scheme is to make the maximum amount of information readily available at minimum inconvenience and cost to the public.

Charges made by Bolton NHS Foundation Trust for routinely published material will be justified and transparent and kept to a minimum.

Material which is published and accessed on a website will be provided free of charge.

Charges may be made for information subject to a charging regime specified by Parliament.

Charges may be made for actual disbursements incurred such as photocopying and postage and packaging.

The costs directly incurred as a result of viewing information

If a charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before the information is provided.

Payment may be requested prior to provision of the information.

Written Requests

Information held by Bolton NHS Foundation Trust that is not published under this scheme can be requested in writing to:

Head of Information Governance
Informatics Building
Royal Bolton Hospital
Minerva Road

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