Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 makes it easier for you to get information about us. This law, which came into force on 1 January 2005, means that anyone, anywhere can ask for any information we hold.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Belfast Trust is legally committed to providing timely and accessible information to the public and responding to reasonable requests for information.  There are no time limits on how far back you can gain access to information, as long as we hold it on record.


Publication Scheme

In order to comply with the Freedom of Information Act public sector organisations such as ours routinely publish information whenever possible. 

The Information Commissioner, who is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, has drawn up a Model Publication Scheme for all public sector organisations which we have adopted.

Please check the publication scheme before making an FOI enquiry, as you may find that the information you require has already been made available online.
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Making an FOI enquiry

All you have to do is submit your request in writing, by letter or email, to any member of staff, stating clearly what information you want.

Alternatively, you can make a request directly to the Public Liaison Team who are responsible for dealing with any FOI enquiries that the Trust receives.

Contact Details:
Public Liaison
Belfast HSC Trust
1st Floor, Nore Villa
Knockbracken Healthcare Park
Belfast, BT8 8BH

Email: publicliaison@belfasttrust.hscni.net

Don't forget to provide your contact details so we can reply to your request.

You may also submit your request online by using this FOI Request Form

Responding to requests

The Trust aims to respond in writing in 20 working days.  If there is likely to be a delay in getting your information, we will let you know.

We will disclose information wherever possible. However, in a few circumstances, it will be necessary to withhold some or all of the information requested under one of the exemptions outlined in the Act. In any case where information is refused, the Trust will specify which exemption has been used and why. All requests for information will be carefully considered on their own merits and with close regard to the public interest.

Advice and Assistance

If you would like any advice or assistance about making a request for information, please contact the Public Liaison team at the address above.


Charges and Fees for information

In most instances we do not charge for the information we supply. 

Where the cost of the Trust responding to your request for information is calculated as being less than £450 (this covers the time taken to look for, find and put the information into a format that has been requested) no fee will be charged.  Complying with requests for information which would exceed the £450 limit will be at the discretion of the Trust and may incur a fee.

If the cost of postage and photocopying is more than £25, the sum will be charged in full.


Requests for Personal Information

Maintaining the right of confidentiality is important for all NHS organisations. If you want to ask us for information which we may hold about you personally then this will be dealt with under the Data Protection Act 1998. This would include information relating to health records, employment and training records – anything which is limited to you as a person whether as a patient, employee or partner of any kind.
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