Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 recognises that, as a member of the public, you have the right to know how public services, such as the NHS, make their operational decisions and how public money is used. It gives anyone a general right to request access to see official information held by public authorities, such as Kent Community Health NHSFoundation Trust.

We publish a lot of information in our publication scheme so please check there first before submitting a freedom of information request.

When you make a Freedom of Information request Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust will process your information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation.  The trust will use your data in order to respond to your FOI request as we have a legal duty to do so under Article 6(1)(c) of GDPR.  For further information please see our Privacy page on the website.

Requesting information during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NHS is facing unprecedented challenges relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Understandably, our resources have been diverted to support our frontline colleagues who are working extremely hard to provide care for our patients and to those in need of our services.

As you can understand, this is resulting in delays to responses to information requests.

Please consider if your request for information is absolutely necessary to submit at this time.

We would urge you, before submitting new requests, to please check our publication scheme and FOI Disclosure Log available on our public website, which contain a large amount of information, including responses to recent FOI requests.

We apologise for any delays and inconvenience caused. We remain committed to responding to all requests and will respond as soon as we are able.

Should our response to your request breach the statutory timeframe and you remain unhappy with our response, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office at ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/.

Keep up-to-date with the latest information, read our page on Coronavirus.

Data Protection Impact Assessments

Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA) are an approach to projects that promotes privacy and data protection compliance from the start. NHS guidance and best practice indicates that a data protection impact assessment is completed for projects to help identify and minimise any data protection risks.  It is also a legal requirement under the General Data Protection Regulation to conduct an impact assessment for any high risk projects relating to data protection.

FOI disclosure log

The information provided within these responses is correct as at the date of disclosure and continues to be protected by copyright. You are free to use it for your own purposes, including for private study and non-commercial research, and for any other purpose authorised by an exception in current copyright law.

If you wish to use this information for commercial purposes then, in accordance with the Regulations on the Re-use of Public Sector Information 2015, you must first ask our permission.  Such re-use may or may not involve the granting of a licence and the application of a fee.

To view older FOI responses, please use the site search at the top of the page and search for the topic you are interested in, for example car parking or temporary staff.

FOI compliance statistics