The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act gives members of the public a general right to request access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities.
You are entitled to be told whether or not we hold information and, if we do, to have it communicated to you, normally within 20 working days, in the format requested. We do not have to confirm or deny the existence of the information or provide it if:
- an exemption applies,
- the request is vexatious or similar to a previous request,
- or if the cost of compliance exceeds an appropriate limit (this equates to 18 hours spent on locating and extracting the information).
Claims data for NHS Trusts is centrally held with NHS Resolution, who produce and publish Claims data annually in an easily accessible format for the public. Before you make a FOI request for any Claims data, you should check the data NHS Resolution (below), as the data you are seeking may already be publicly published for you to access straight away:
- Claims Data – NHS Resolution – Annual statistics
- Individual Trust Claims Data Factsheet 5 – NHS Resolution Factsheet 5 – trust and authority claims data 2020/21
- Transparency Spend – NHS Resolution – Finance and corporate planning
- Guidance on how Claims Data is held – NHS Resolution – Understanding NHS Resolution data
- Early Notification Scheme – NHS Resolution – Early notification scheme
- NHS Resolution – Maternity incentive scheme
- NHS Resolution – Freedom of Information Publication scheme
- NHS Resolution – Freedom of Information disclosure log
- Other Factsheets – also publish a range of factsheets that cover basic information, financial information, claims information, information on individual Trusts assessment levels, information on individual Trusts experience in latest financial year and information on the Primary Care Appeals service statistics.
If you still wish to make an FOI request for Claims data, you can then do so using the NHS Resolutions Online Freedom of information Request Form.