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Access to information

If you would like further information about the Trust, this section explains how you can get it.

UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018

If you want to ask us for information that we may hold about you personally, this will be dealt with under the UK GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018. This would include information relating to Health and Social Care records, employment and training records. It covers anything that is limited to you as a person, whether for example as a patient, client, employee or partner of any kind.

Read more about Data Protection and how to access your records.

Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act makes it easier for you to get information about us. This law, which came into force on 1 January 2005, means that anyone, anywhere can ask for any information we hold.

Read more about Freedom of Information.

Before submitting your request please check out our FOI Responses Disclosure Log, as the information may already be available. You can read responses to the Freedom of Information requests we have received in our disclosure log.

Our health service is rolling out a new digital programme across Northern Ireland called ‘encompass’ and it is the turn of Belfast Trust to go live on 6 June 2024.

Normally, we aim to respond to FOI requests within 20 working days. However, to do this we need to seek information from our staff and those staff are currently adjusting to new ways of working and moving from a paperless system to a new digital programme.

At this time of change, investigating and responding to FOI requests will be delayed and we would like to thank you for your understanding and patience. We will respond to your request as soon as possible.

Privacy policy

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust respects the security and privacy concerns of users of this website.

Belfast Trust is notified under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 and we confirm that we will comply with the UK GDPR and the Data Protection Act in all our dealings with your personal data.

The purpose of this privacy policy is to inform you of the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. By using this website, you agree to and accept the terms of this privacy policy.

Read more about our privacy policy

Read the Department of Health Regional Vaccination Privacy Notice

Publication scheme

To comply with the Freedom of Information Act, public sector organisations routinely publish information whenever possible.

The Information Commissioner is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Freedom of Information Act. They have drawn up a Model Publication Scheme for all public sector organisations, which we have adopted.

Go to the Publication Scheme now.