Freedom of Information
What is Freedom of Information?
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you have the right to ask a public sector body, like us, for any recorded, corporate information it holds.
Before you ask us for information
Check our website
Before asking us for information, check our publication scheme to make sure it isn't already available.
If you ask for information that is already publically available, we will direct you to the published source.
Think about the information you want
- Try to be as specific as possible about the information you want.
- Be clear about date ranges and timescales.
- Ask questions which lead to more concrete answers - such as questions that begin with 'what' and 'how much', rather than opened ended questions such as those that begin with 'why'.
Making a request
Identify which CCG you want the information from. The Greater Nottingham Clinical Commissioning Partnership is comprised of:
- NHS Nottingham City CCG
- NHS Nottingham North and East CCG
- NHS Nottingham West CCG
- NHS Rushcliffe CCG
You may want the information held by all four CCGs or just by one CCG; making this clear in your request will help the FoI Team to source the information you have requested.
You must contact us by letter or email:
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Nottingham Clinical Commissioning Partnership
1 Standard Court
What happens when my request is received?
Your request will be acknowledged and we will source the information you have requested from the relevant team. Within 20 working days we will contact you to;
- Request clarification that will help us to answer your request
- Provide a response to your FoI request
- Tell you we don’t hold the information and, if we can, advise you who does
- Tell you that your request will exceed the cost limit specified in the ICO Fees Regulations and invite to submit a further, narrower request
- Advise that we hold the information but are not releasing it, citing the relevant exemption from the FoI Act 2000
- Advise that we are refusing your request on the basis that it repeated or vexatious
- Tell you that we need more time to coordinate a response or to consider the public interest test in relation to your request. We will then specify a new deadline date.
What happens if I am unhappy with the response I receive or the way that my request was handled?
You can email the FoI Team and ask for clarification in relation to the response that you have received.
If you are unhappy with the way in which your request has been handled you can request an internal view by contacting Lucy Branson, Corporate Director:
NHS Nottingham City CCG
1 Standard Court
If you remain dissatisfied with the outcome of the internal review, you can apply to the Information Commissioner’s Office, who will consider whether the organisation has complied with its obligations under the Act, and can require the organisation to remedy any problems.
You can find out more about how to do this, and about the Act in general, on the Information Commissioner’s Office website at: https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/official-information/
Complaints to the Information Commissioner’s Office should be sent to:
FOI/EIR Complaints Resolution
Information Commissioner’s Office
In order to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 public sector organisations such as ours have to routinely publish information whenever possible.