Freedom of Information at MSE

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) came into force on 1 January 2005 giving members of the public certain rights to ask public authorities for information relating to the public authority. Under the terms of the Act Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust has two main obligations:

  • To maintain a Publication Scheme, outlining the information that is routinely published by the Trust
  • To respond to requests for information from members of the public.

Making a request

If you would like to request information which is not included in the publication scheme, please send your request to mse.foi.suhft@nhs.net or by post at:

Freedom of Information 
Corporate Management & Membership Services
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Level L
Basildon Hospital
Nethermayne
Basildon
Essex SS16 5NL

For more information on how to make a request, visit the gov.uk freedom of information act (FOIA) page

Personal information 

Access to personal information that we may hold on you is not available under the FOIA - visit our Access to Health Records service page to ask for your personal medical information.

More information about the Freedom of Information Act 2000 

Other useful websites for published information:

FOI publication Scheme

Publication Scheme  

Welcome to the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (MSEFT) Publication Scheme. The Scheme is a guide to the information routinely published by Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust. The Scheme is in seven parts.  Click on the section that you would like to access.


What is a Publication Scheme?

This Publication Scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely published by Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust. It is a description of the information about our trust which we make publicly available. We review the scheme at regular intervals and monitor how it is operating.

The publications within each class are all free electronically unless otherwise indicated.  There may be a charge for hard copies of publications.

If you have any comments or questions about the Publication Scheme or require a copy of the Publication Scheme, or any of the information included in it, in hardcopy please contact:

Freedom of Information 
Corporate Management & Membership Services
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Level L
Basildon Hospital
Nethermayne
Basildon
Essex SS16 5NL

Email: mse.foi.suhft@nhs.net

If you have a complaint about the operation of the Publication Scheme or how the Trust has dealt with your request for information from this scheme, please write to:

Sheila Murphy

Company Secretary
Corporate Management & Membership Services
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Level L
Basildon Hospital
Nethermayne
Basildon
Essex SS16 5NL

email: mse.board.committeepapers@nhs.net

Who we are and what we do

Who we are and what we do

How we fit into the NHS Structure
Location: mse.foi.suhft@nhs.net
Cost:  Free

Organisational structure 
Location: mse.foi.suhft@nhs.net
Cost:  Free 

Location and contact details for all public-facing departments 
Location:  https://www.mse.nhs.uk/our-services
Cost:  Free

Senior staff and management board members 
Location:  https://www.mse.nhs.uk/meet-the-team
Cost:  Free 


What we spend and how we spend it 

Annual Report and accounts
Location: The Annual Reports are published on the website https://www.mse.nhs.uk/trust-publications-and-reports
Cost:  Free

Budgets and variance reports 
Location: Available in the Annual Reports published on the website https://www.mse.nhs.uk/trust-publications-and-reports
Cost:  Free

Financial audit reports 
Location: Available in the Annual Reports published on the website https://www.mse.nhs.uk/trust-publications-and-reports
Cost:  Free

Standing financial instructions 
Location: Available from mse.foi.suhft@nhs.net
Cost:  Free

Capital programme 
Location: Available in the Annual Plan - mse.foi.suhft@nhs.net
Cost:  Free

Staff and Board members’ allowances and expenses 
Location:  Board members’ salaries and allowances are included in the Annual Report
https://www.mse.nhs.uk/trust-publications-and-reports
Cost:  Free

Staff pay and grading structures 
Location:  Directors’ salaries are included in the annual reports https://www.mse.nhs.uk/trust-publications-and-reports
Cost:  Free
Location: Staff are paid according to national pay scales
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/working-health/working-nhs/nhs-pay-and-benefits/agenda-change-pay-rates
Cost:  Free

Funding 
Location: Available in the Annual Plan published on the website https://www.mse.nhs.uk/trust-publications-and-reports
Cost:  Free

Procurement and tendering procedures 
Location: Available from mse.foi.suhft@nhs.net
Cost:  Free

Details of contracts currently being tendered 
Location: For the most up to date information on tenders requiring OJEU adverts Tenders European Daily (TED)
Cost:  Free

List and value of contracts awarded and their value 
Location: For high value tenders Tenders European Daily (TED)
Cost:  Free


What are our priorities and how are we doing 

Annual Report 
Location: The Annual Reports are published on the website https://www.mse.nhs.uk/trust-publications-and-reports
Cost:  Free

Annual business plan 
Location: Available on the website - mse.foi.suhft@nhs.net
Cost: Free

Targets, Aims and Objectives 
Location: Available on the website - mse.foi.suhft@nhs.net
Cost:  Free

Performance against targets (KPI)/performance framework 
Location: These are available via reports to the Board on the website https://www.mse.nhs.uk/board-meetings
Cost:  Free

Clinical governance 
Location: A risk analysis report forms part of the Annual Report and is available on the website
https://www.mse.nhs.uk/trust-publications-and-reports
Cost:  Free

Care Quality Commission
Location: https://www.cqc.org.uk/
Cost:  Free

Audit reports
Location:  Available in the Annual Reports
https://www.mse.nhs.uk/trust-publications-and-reports
Cost:  Free


How we make decisions 

Board papers
Location: Available on the website
https://www.mse.nhs.uk/board-meetings
Cost:  Free

Patient and public involvement
Location: Available on the website - mse.foi.suhft@nhs.net
Cost:  Free


Our policies and procedures 

Location: Currently all our policies, procedures and guidelines are available from mse.foi.suhft@nhs.net.
Cost:  Free


Lists and registers 

  • Any information we are currently legally required to hold in publicly available registers 
  • List of main contractors / suppliers 
  • Assets registers and Information Asset Register 
  • Register of Gifts and Hospitality provided to Board members and senior personnel 
  • Disclosure Log 

Location: Information from these lists is available from mse.foi.suhft@nhs.net
Cost:  Free

Any register of interests kept in the authority 
Location: Register of Board Members’ Interests.  Available in the Board minutes on the website
https://www.mse.nhs.uk/board-meetings
Cost:  Free


The services we offer

Clinical services provided and/or commissioned 
Location: Available on the website
https://www.mse.nhs.uk/our-services
Cost:  Free

Patient information leaflets and other booklets and newsletters 
Location: Available on the website mse.foi.suhft@nhs.net
Cost:  Free

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) 
Location: Available on the website
https://www.mse.nhs.uk/pals
Cost:  Free

Communications Unit/Media
Location:  Available on the website
https://www.mse.nhs.uk/media-centre
Cost: Free

Chaplaincy
Location:  Available on the website mse.foi.suhft@nhs.net
Cost: Free

Advice and guidance 
Location: Guidance for inpatients and outpatients is available on the website
mse.foi.suhft@nhs.net
Cost: Free

FOI how to make a request

Requests for information should be made in writing. We accept requests via email or letter. 

Freedom of Information 
Corporate Management & Membership Services
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Level L
Basildon Hospital
Nethermayne
Basildon
Essex SS16 5NL

email: mse.foi.suhft@nhs.net


Your request must include:

  • Your name and address for correspondence (email address is acceptable)
     
  • A clear description of the information that you are requesting (giving enough detail to allow us to correctly identify and find it)
     
  • The way you would like the information sent to you (e.g. by post or email)

We will send you confirmation of the request, including a reference number, which you should quote in any communication with us relating to your request. We will also tell you when you should expect a reply, which, under the terms of the Act, has to be within 20 working days. 


Charging

If the charges for the request exceed the set upper limit of £450 we will outline as far as possible what information could be provided to bring the cost below the limit. Otherwise, we are not obliged to provide you with the information. 


Exemptions 

Under the terms of the Act some or all of the information you request may be exempt from disclosure. If this is the case, we will inform you as to what information we will and will not disclose, including what exemption/s have been applied. Occasionally, our response may take longer than the 20 working days prescribed in the Act because of applying exemptions. 

If this is the case we will inform you, giving you a date by which we aim to have replied. If any further delays occur, we will advise you of them as necessary. 


Response 

Once we have processed your request, we will send you the information requested, provided it is held by MSEFT and is not exempted from disclosure. We will supply the information in the format you requested, as far as possible. If we know that the information is held by another public authority we will supply you with relevant contact details of the other public authority.


Internal review

If you do not think that your request for information has been handled satisfactorily, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Such requests should be directed to The Company Secretary in the first instance at the address below: 


Sheila Murphy
Company Secretary
Corporate Management & Membership Services
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Level L
Basildon Hospital
Nethermayne
Basildon
Essex SS16 5NL

email: mse.board.committeepapers@nhs.net

Your complaint will be investigated and you will be informed of the decision. We will aim to give you a response to your complaint within 20 working days. If we are unable to respond within this time, we will inform you. 

Please make your complaint within three months of receiving your response.

If you are still not satisfied, you can complain to the Information Commissioner:
 

Information Commissioner's Office 
Wycliffe House 
Water Lane 
Wilmslow 
Cheshire, SK9 5AF 

Telephone: 0303 123 1113
 

Website – to make a complaint: https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/.
Website – General information: https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/official-information


Copyright 

The information sent to you is subject to Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust's copyright, unless otherwise indicated. Unless expressly indicated on the material to the contrary, it may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium, provided it is reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading manner. 

Where any of the copyright items are being re-published or copied to others, you must identify the source of the material and acknowledge the copyright status. Permission to reproduce material does not extend to any material provided to you that is the copyright of third parties. You must obtain authorisation to reproduce such material from the copyright holders concerned.