Publication Scheme

Below is an outline of the Publication Scheme and the classes of information that are available. You can obtain a full copy of the Publication Scheme, in electronic format or hard copy, by emailing or writing to the Information Governance Officer.

List and registers

  • Any information we are currently legally required to hold in publicly available registers
  • List of main contractors / suppliers
  • Assets registers and Information Asset Register
  • Any register of interests kept in NIBTS
  • Register of Gifts and Hospitality provided to Board members and senior personnel
  • Disclosure log

Who we are and what we do

  • How we fit into the HSC structure
  • Organisational structure
  • Lists of and information relating to organisations with which NIBTS works in partnership
  • Senior staff and management board members
  • Location and contact details for all public-facing departments

What we spend and how we spend it

  • Annual statement of accounts
  • Budgets and variance reports
  • Financial audit reports
  • Standing financial instructions
  • Capital programme
  • Staff and Board members’ allowances and expenses
  • Staff pay and grading structures
  • Funding (including endowment funds)
  • 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 business plan
  • Targets, Aims and Objectives
  • Strategic Direction document (5 year plan)
  • Performance against targets (KPI)/performance framework
  • Clinical governance
  • Audit reports
  • Service User Surveys

How we make decisions

  • Board papers – agenda, supporting papers and minutes
  • Personal and public involvement strategy (PPI)
  • Public consultations (for example, concerning closures/variations of services)
  • Internal communications guidance and criteria used for decision making i.e. process systems and key personnel

Our policies and procedures

  • Policies and procedures relating to the conduct of business and the provision of services
  • Policies and procedures relating to human resources (including Race, Disability, Age and Gender, Equal Opportunities)
  • Policies and procedures relating to recruitment and employment
  • Equality Scheme/statement produced in accordance with section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998
  • Standing financial procedures
  • Standing orders
  • Complaints and other customer service policies and procedures
  • Data protection / information governance / Caldicott Guardian
  • Estate management
  • Charging regimes and policies

The services we offer

  • Clinical services provided and/or commissioned
  • Non-clinical services
  • Services for which NIBTS is entitled to recover a fee together with those fees
  • Patient information leaflets and other booklets and newsletters
  • Advice and guidance
  • Corporate communications & media releases


Freedom of Information


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