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Freedom of Information

NHS Choices publishes a wide range of information about its policies, structure, governance, performance, and more, in the About section of this website.

Before submitting a request under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, please check to see whether what you want is already published. If you make an FOI request for information that is already published, then you will simply be referred to the published source.

All FOI requests relating to NHS Choices are handled by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The HSCIC has a Freedom of Information Disclosure log which holds copies of responses to previous FOI requests submitted to the HSCIC. There may be information held in the disclosure log relating to NHS Choices that you may wish to review before submitting an FOI request.

NHS Choices data and content resources

While information and data that is already published cannot be subject to an FOI request, you can download extracts of our latest datasets in a re-usable format – see 'Data downloads' on this page. If you require data not provided there, use our Contact form to request it. You can also request details of resources used in the development of specific pieces of content.

For longer-term strategic usage of NHS Choices published data, to be re-used in a specific context, we suggest that you consider using our syndication service, through which a great deal of content and data is already distributed.

Making an FOI request

Freedom of Information requests must be made in writing by post, fax or email.

Email your FOI request to enquiries@hscic.gov.uk or write to:

Information Governance Compliance Team,
Health and Social Care Information Centre,
1 Trevelyan Square,
Boar Lane,
Leeds,
LS1 6AE

You should provide your name, an address for correspondence (email or postal) and details of the information you want. Please be as precise as possible about the information you require as this will make it easier to find.

Page last reviewed: 30/08/2013

Next review due: 30/08/2015