Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed in 2000 and became fully effective in 2005. It allows any member of the public to request access to information held by public sector organisations in the UK, including the NHS.

The Act differs from the Data Protection Act (1998) in that it allows you to request non-personal information. So, for example, where you should use the Data Protection Act to access your medical records, you would use the FOI Act to access general business information held by the CCG. If you would like to access your medical records please see our Buckinghamshire Healthcare’s data protection page.

How to Request Information

Requests made under the Act must be submitted in writing, including a name and contact address. Email requests are perfectly acceptable, as long as it is possible to reply to your email address.

Contact details are as follows:

The FOI Lead
Aylesbury Vale CCG
First Floor
Aylesbury Vale District Council,
The Gateway
Gatehouse Road
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP19 8FF

Tel: 01296 585900
email: avccg.foiccg@nhs.net


 

Your health details:

Your personal health information is used by those who are looking after you to provide what you need as an individual patient. The CCG may use this information for Continuing Health Care and Individual Funding Requests.

Patient-related information is used and held in a secure system, so your identity is protected.

This sort of information is used in a depersonalised format so that you are not identified as follows:

1. To plan for future local healthcare needs

2. To identify patients who may be at risk of developing particular health problems

The type of information we share, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and strict confidentiality rules.

How we protect your privacy:

We use security controls to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of data used on our systems. These security controls represent best practice for data in transit and at rest and are reviewed on a frequent basis through NHS Central Southern Commissioning Support Unit.

Sharing and Usage:

We will never share, sell, or rent individual personal information with anyone without your advance permission or unless ordered by a court of law. Information submitted to us is only available to employees managing this information for purposes of contacting you or sending you emails based on your request for information and to contracted service providers for purposes of providing services relating to our communications with you. Typically your healthcare data is used as follows:

  • look after the health of the general public, e.g. notifying central NHS groups of outbreaks of infectious diseases
  • undertake clinical audit of the quality of services provided
  • report and investigate complaints, claims and untoward incidents
  • prepare statistics on our performance for the Department of Health.
  • review our care to make sure that it is of the highest standard

 

Transparency Data

In accordance with the HM Treasury guidance ‘Transparency – Publication of Spend over £25,000’, NHS Aylesbury Vale CCG has made a commitment to publish all transactions over £25,000. Each month’s transactions will be published by the end of the following month.

Transparency Data


 

Data Protection Act

Under the Data Protection Act, we legally must protect any information we collect from you. We only use your personal data for the purpose as described and  do not pass on your details to any third party unless you have given us permission to do so. You have a right to access your personal data and rectify any inaccuracies. You have the right to access your information and you can request this information from:

Aylesbury Vale CCG
First Floor
Aylesbury Vale District Council,
The Gateway
Gatehouse Road
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP19 8FF

Tel: 01494 58 66 00

Email: Avccg.businesssupport@nhs.net

Data Protection Act: Open here