Publication scheme

This publication scheme sets out the types of information we usually publish and explains how to get hold of that information.

DH is committed to making transparency and accountability to the public a fundamental principle of how we do business.

The Freedom of Information Act places a duty on public authorities to make as much information as possible available to the public. We do this by publishing the data that people need to understand who we are, what we spend and what we achieve.

Under the Act, we have to:

  • produce a publication scheme which contains information about the types of information we usually publish
  • make sure that information is published in accordance with the scheme

Types of information we publish

We publish information about:

  • who we are and what we do
  • what we spend and how we spend it
  • what our priorities are and how we are doing
  • how we make decisions
  • our policies and procedures
  • lists and registers
  • services we offer

We don’t usually publish information that is:

  • not held by DH
  • exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act
  • in draft form
  • not easy to access (for example, it is in archive storage)

How to get information

We usually publish information on this website. If you can’t find the information you need on this site, you can make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

Hard copies

Some DH publications are available in hard copy. You can order hard copies through the Health and Social Care Publications Orderline.

Users of assistive technology

If you’re a user of assistive technology, you can request some publications in alternative formats (for example Braille) from publications@dh.gsi.gov.uk. You will need to provide the title of the publication and your address and telephone number.

Charges

There is usually no charge for the information we publish.