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Publication Scheme

PUBLICATION SCHEME 

We are committed to meeting the statutory requirements of the FOI Act and have adopted the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) Model Publication Scheme. We will produce information as it becomes available in line with the ICOs Definition Document for Health Bodies in England 

What is a Publication Scheme?

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) requires public authorities to adopt and maintain a publication scheme, the purpose of which is to: 

  • Specify the classes of information we have committed to publish

  • Say how we will make that information available

  • Say whether the information is available free of charge or on payment. 

Most of the information covered by our publication scheme will be made available on this website.  If you need information in an alternative format we will do all we reasonably can to assist. 

About the Publication Scheme

This Publication Scheme is divided into classes as defined by the Information Commissioners Office and has been designed to give you a complete guide to the information we routinely publish.

The scheme is not an exhaustive list of all the types of information that we publish.  We will publish proactively as much information as we can where the information would have a wider public interest. 

The scheme does not include information that we consider to be sensitive, such as certain types of commercial or personal information. 

We will review the Scheme periodically and monitor how it is operating. 

Publication Scheme Classes

The Information Commissioners Office has identified 7 classes of information which should be published by public bodies and describes the type of information that should be provided under these classes in Health Bodies Definition Document 

1. Who are we and what do we do?

We have responsibility for a budget of £334 million to improve the health of people in Rotherham and to provide safe, high quality health services.

We are responsible for commissioning community health services, hospital health services, health aspects of social and continuing care, GP prescribing and GP out of hours services that Rotherham people use.

Our organisation is led by local GPs who have day to day knowledge of the health problems that Rotherham residents face. Eight GPs lead the Strategic Clinical Executive, which is responsible for producing clear and credible plans to improve health and health services and leading their delivery.

A further eight GPs sit on the GP Members Committee. This is responsible for two-way communication and engagement with all 150 GPs in Rotherham. Every Rotherham General Practice is a member of the CCG. CCG decisions are made by the CCG Governing Body. Our Governing Body is made up of two lay members, four GPs, three senior managers, a nurse, a hospital consultant and Rotherham’s Director of Public Health.

2. What we spend and how we spend it

Spend Above £25K

Annual Accounts

Financial Planning 

Voluntary Ex-Ante Transparency (Veat) Notices 2015_16

Summary Contract Negotiations 2015-2016

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT)

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber Foundation Trust (RDaSH)

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS)

AQP Contracts 2016-2017

 3. What are our priorities and how we are doing: 

For all our aims and priorities we will consider the four Health and Wellbeing Strategy (H&WBS) life stages (starting well, developing well, living and working well, and aging and dying well) and be responsive to the needs of all the communities of Rotherham both geographical and communities of interest.

Delivery: The CCG will prioritise the vast majority of its efforts in 2014/15 towards delivering the aims and priorities in this strategy. We will performance manage ourselves on delivering milestones and outcomes set out in this strategy. Our leaders and groups will be flexible in terms of methods of delivery but given our finite management resources, substantial additions to this plan are unlikely in 2014, but will refresh the 5 year strategy in 2015.

Assurance: At a time when health service providers are required to make year on year efficiency savings, we will be even more diligent in assuring that services are safe, of high quality and deliver effective safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. In our assurance work we will communicate effectively with other commissioners and regulatory agencies.

Quality: As well as providing assurance for our patients we will work with all our providers to facilitate and incentives quality improvements. We will work in partnership with NHS England to assist them to improve the quality of general practice in Rotherham.

Partnerships: We will work with partners to deliver the Rotherham H&WBS, including its emphasis on the most deprived communities in Rotherham. We will discuss and understand the impact of any decisions we make with our partners. We will work with the Rotherham Partnership particularly with regard to the sixth priority of the H&WBS, reducing poverty.

Our Priorities

Top Five Priorities

How are we doing - an update on our performance is given at Governing Body meetings on a monthly basis.

4. How we make decisions

Our Constitution

5. Our Policies and Procedures

6. Declarations of Business Interest

Conflict of Interest forms for Enhanced Services delivered by GP practices

Acupuncture

Anticoagulation

Aural Care revised Oct 2015 version

Cataracts

Disease Modifying Anti Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)

Minor Surgery

Ocular Hypertension (OH)

Phlebotomy

Ring Pessary Fit and Change

Secondary to Primary Care Transfer

 7. The services we offer 

Charges for information

Fees and charges associated with Freedom of Information requests

Some requests for information may be subject to a fee.  If so, we will contact you before we proceed with your request.

The Freedom of Information Act and the associated Fees Regulations stipulate that we cannot levy a fee for information unless there is a statutory basis for doing so or the amount of time taken to locate the information exceeds 18 hours.

However, we are allowed to charge for disbursements related to the provision of photocopying, reformatting information and postage, depending on the amount of materials used. If this is the case applicants will be made aware of any charges beforehand.

No charges will be made for any information accessed via our website.

What if I am not satisfied with the information I receive?

If you make a request and are not satisfied with the way in which we deal with it you may ask us to review any decision we make.  If you wish us to undertake such a review you should write to the address above.

Any review will normally be under the control and direction of a senior member of staff who had no involvement in the original decision or process.

If you remain dissatisfied at the conclusion of any review you may complain to the Information Commissioner:

FOI/EIR Complaints Resolution
Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

www.ico.gov.uk

For more information

The Ministry of Justice is the government department responsible for Freedom of Information and you can find out more about the Act by visiting:www.justice.gov.uk

Copyright

The information we provide to you is copyrighted to NHS Rotherham CCG and provided to you free of charge for your personal use or for specific uses permitted in the Copyright Act.  If, however, you wish to use the information we have provided for any commercial purposes including the sale of the information to a third party then under the Regulations on the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005, you must ask us for permission to do so in respect of each specific piece of information.  If we do grant such permission this may involve a licensing arrangement which may incur a fee.  Should you wish to apply for permission for commercial re-use under the Regulations you should write to us at foi@rotherhamccg.nhs.uk No re-use should take place until you have formally asked for permission and we have informed you of our decision. 

Information not already published

If you cannot find the information you want through this scheme, or on our website, you can make a request to us under the FOI Act 2000 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR). 

Feedback and complaints about the scheme

Please let us know, good or bad, what you think about the Publication Scheme by writing to rotherham@rotherhamccg.nhs.uk