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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Freedom of Information

How to access Trust information

Information held by BSMHFT can be accessed in one of two principal ways under the Act: either by searching our publication scheme for information we routinely publish or, when the information is not already published, by making a specific written request.

Option 1: By searching our publication scheme

Our publication scheme represents our commitment to proactively publish information so that it is readily available to the public. It is reviewed regularly for updates and improvements.

Our publication scheme is classed into eight categories listed below. Wherever possible, we have tried to make information available electronically by simply clicking on the description of the information detailed under each category.

Information available upon request:

  • Our patient and public involvement plans
  • Our public consultations - a list of current public consultations
  • Data protection impact assessments

All other Trust policies and procedures are available upon request.

Information available upon request:

  • Contract register
  • Gifts and hospitality register (Board members and senior staff)
  • Information asset register
  • List of main suppliers
  • Register of interests (Board members and senior staff)
There are currently no Trust datasets required to be published under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.

All information detailed in our publication scheme is available in electronic format free of charge. Most information specified is also available in hard copy free of charge upon request.

Option 2: By making a specific written request

If you cannot find the information you are looking for or it is not currently available electronically in our publication scheme, please contact the Trust FOI Office to request this information via one of the following methods:

By email: bsmhft.foioffice@nhs.net

By letter:

FOI Office
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
52 Queensbridge Road, Moseley, Birmingham. B13 8QY. 

Valid requests under the Act must be made in writing and contain a contact name and an email or postal address for reply.

You will get the best result if your request is as clear and specific as possible about the information you want rather than asking general questions. It is important to note that the focus of the Act is about requesting recorded information that the Trust may hold.

Before making a request, you might find it useful to consult guidance issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office on how to make a valid request. If you still require advice, or would like help with formulating a request, please do not hesitate to contact the Trust FOI Office on 0121 301 1370.

How to provide feedback on our FOI services

It is important to us that our FOI services (publication scheme and how we handle requests) meets your needs. If you have any feedback (good or bad) or suggestions on how we can improve our services, please contact the FOI Office as above or complete an FOI feedback form.