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Publication Scheme

What is the Publication Scheme?

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme for the publication of Trust information.

The Publication Scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely published by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust. It is a description of the information about our Trust which we make publicly available. We shall review the Scheme at regular intervals and monitor how it is operating.

It is important to us that this Scheme meets your needs and we have designed it to be a route map so that you can find information about County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust easily. Under Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Trust has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme for the publication of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust information. The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities (of which this Trust is one).

The Publication Scheme will help you to find all the information, which the Trust publishes. The Freedom of Information Act does not change the right of patients to protection of their patient confidentiality in accordance with Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention, the Data Protection Act and at common law. Maintaining the legal right to patient confidentiality continues to be an important commitment on our part.

Caldicott Guardian

To help with this, we have appointed someone who is called a Caldicott Guardian, and who has responsibility to ensure the protection of patient confidentiality throughout the Trust in accordance with your legal rights. In County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, our Caldicott Guardian is:

Executive Medical Director

Jeremy Cundall

Executive Corridor

Darlington Memorial Hospital

Hollyhurst Road


County Durham



Publication Scheme Requirements


Where you can find the information

Who we are and how we do it 
How we fit
Organisational Structure
Lists of and information relating to organisational partnerships
Senior staff and management board members Trust Board
Location and contact details for all public-facing departments Patient & Visitors or Our Services 
What we spend and how we spend it
Annual statement of accounts, Budgets and Variance Reports Annual Reports  - About Us 
Financial audit reports Annual Reports  - About Us 
Standing financial instructions Annual Reports  - About Us 
Capital programme Annual Reports  - About Us 
Staff and board members allowances and expenses Annual Reports  - About Us 
Funding (including endowment funds) Annual Reports  - About Us 
Procurement and tendering procedures
Details of contracts currently being tendered
List and value of contracts awarded and their value
What are our priorities and how are we doing?
Annual Report Annual Reports  - About Us 
Annual Business Plan Annual Plan - About Us
Targets, aims and objectives Annual Plan - About Us
Strategic direction documentation (5 year plan Annual Plan - About Us & Quality Accounts
Performance against targets (KPI/performance framework)
Clinical governance
Care Quality Commission's (CQC) annual 'healthcheck'
Audit reports
Service user surveys Patients & Visitors
How we make decisions
Board papers - agenda, supporting papers and minutes Trust Board
Patient and public involvement strategy (PPI), Public consultations Patients & Visitors
Internal communications guidance and criteria used for decision making  Trust Board & Governing Council
Our policies and procedures
Conduct of business and provision of service
Human resources
Recruitment and employment
Standing financial procedures Annual Reports  - About Us 
Standing orders Annual Reports  - About Us 
Complaints and customer service p&p Patients & Visitors
Data protection, info gov and caldicott guardian Freedom of Information
Estate management, charging regimes and policies
List and registers
Information currently legally required to hold in publicly available registers
List of main contractors / suppliers
Assets registers and information asset register
Register of interest kept in the authority
Register of gifts and hospitality provided to board members and senior personnel
Disclosure log
The services we offer 
Clinical services provided/commissioned Our Services
Non-clinical services
Services for which the authority is entitled to recover a fee, stated fee
Patient information leaflets, booklets, newsletters Patients & Visitors
PALS Patients & Visitors
Advice and guidance Patients & Visitors
Corporate communications and media releases News & Events



'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly, efficiently and professionally with full explanations and compassion from all staff involved'.

Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital