Publication Scheme

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 recognises that everyone has the right to know how public services such as NHS Wales are organised and run and how much they cost. You have the right to know which services are being provided, the targets that are being set, the standards of services that are expected and the results achieved.

Requests for information must be made in writing, for example, in a letter or an email, providing your names and a postal or email address for Swansea Bay University Health Board to respond.  When making a request for information, be as clear as possible by pinpointing the specific information required to assist in responding to your request.

If you would like to submit a Freedom of Information Act Request please email or write to the Freedom of Information Team, Swansea Bay University Health Board, Headquarters, One Talbot Gateway, Baglan Energy Park, Baglan, Port Talbot, SA12 7BR.

Publication Scheme

The Information Commissioner (ICO) who are responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the FOI Act, have drawn up what is entitled a Model Publication Scheme which the Health Board has adopted and is formally committed to.  The Information Commissioner has also published a Definition Document for NHS Organisations which sets out, in some detail, what his minimum expectations are as far as the Health Board is concerned.

The Publication Scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely published by the Health Board, how this information is published and whether any fee is payable for access. It is a description of the information about our Health Board, which we make publicly available. We will review the Publication Scheme at regular intervals and monitor how it is operating.

To make it easier, information contained within a Publication Scheme is divided into 7 classes. Please click on the links for each class for a more detailed breakdown of the information.


1. Who we are and what we do
Organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance.

2. What we spend and how we spend it
Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts.
3. What our priorities are and how we are doing
Strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews.
4. How we make our decisions
Policy proposals and decisions. Decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures and consultations.
5. Our Policies and Procedures
Current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities.
6. Lists and Registers
Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority.
7. The services we offer
Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases. A description of the services offered.


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