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.

What is a publication scheme

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act) 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 help.

Our publication scheme follows the information commissioner’s model publication scheme for public authorities.

About the NHS Dorset 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 routinely published by NHS Dorset.

The scheme is not an exhaustive list of all the types of information that we publish – our policy is to 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 shall review the scheme at regular intervals and monitor how it is operating.

For further information on the model publication scheme prepared and approved by the Information Commissioners Office and the definition document for health bodies outlining the types of information we should provide, please see their website:

Information Commissioners Office Guidance – Model publication scheme – Generic

Information Commissioners Office Guidance – Definition document – Health Bodies

Charges for information

Nearly all of our information can be accessed from this website free of charge. In some cases, charges may apply.

If you do not have access to the internet, a printed copy of the web page(s) can be sent to you free of charge.

The following may incur a charge:

  • Requests for multiple copies

  • Where the cost of photocopying, postage and packing exceed £50

Any charges made will be to cover the costs of photocopying, postage, and packing. You will be told in advance of supplying the information if there will be a charge, and how much it will be.


The information we have provided to you is copyrighted to NHS Dorset and provided to you free of charge for your personal use or for other 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 such information.

If we do grant such permission this may involve a licensing arrangement which may attract a fee. Should you wish to apply for permission for commercial re-use under the regulations you should write to the Freedom of Information staff at:

Information not already published

If you cannot find what you want through this scheme, or otherwise on our website, you may wish to make a request to us under the FOI Act or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR):

Feedback and complaints

If you would like to provide feedback – good or bad – about the publication scheme, please contact the freedom of information staff –