Freedom of Information

We are a paper light practice: this means that most of the information we hold about you is on our secure computer system. We take great care in safeguarding information about you.

We have the highest standards of security in place and take steps to back up data regularly and have safeguards against fire and loss of data in the event of fire or other disaster.

Your data is accessed on a need to know basis only. We may share your data with other agencies involved in your care such as hospitals, we only give them the information they need to treat you. We also share data with people and organisations you ask us to, such as insurance companies and mortgage lenders.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000creates a right of access to recorded information and obliges a public authority to: 

  • Have a publication scheme in place.
  • Allow public access to information held by public authorities. 

The act covers any recorded organisational information such as reports, policies or strategies, that is held by a public authority in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and by UK-wide public authorities based in Scotland, however it does not cover personal information such as patient records which are covered by the Data Protection Act. 

Public authorities include government departments, local authorities, the NHS, state schools and police forces. 

The act is enforced by the Information Commissioner who regulates both the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act 2018.