What is a publication scheme?

This publication scheme below is a complete guide to the information routinely published by Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust. It is a description of the information about our Trust that we make publicly available. We shall review the publication scheme at regular intervals and monitor how it is operating.

The Trust has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme for the publication of Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust information.  The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities.

Patient confidentiality

The Freedom of Information Act does not change the right of patients to protect 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. To help with this, we have appointed a Caldicott Guardian who is responsible for ensuring the protection of patient confidentiality throughout the Trust in accordance with your legal rights. In Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, our Caldicott Guardian is:

Medical Director,
Darent Valley Hospital,
Darenth Wood Road,