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Publication scheme

We have adopted the model publication scheme and we publish in line with the definition document for the Health Sector (PDF: 162KB).

Our priorities and how we're doing

How we make decisions

  • Board papers agenda, supporting papers and minutes
  • Patient and public involvement strategy (PPI) - not applicable as we do not treat patients.
  • Public consultations (for example, concerning closures/variations of services) - none to date.
  • Internal communications guidance and criteria used for decision making i.e. process systems and key personnel – find this in the service area sections of the website.

Lists and registers

Trade union facility time

Relevant union officials

Number of employees who were relevant union officials during 2017/18 Full-time equivalent employee number
24 23.21

Percentage of time spent on facility time during 2017 / 2018

Percentage of time Number of employees
0% 0
1% - 50% 24
51% - 99% 0
100% 0

Percentage of pay bill spent on facility time during 2017 / 2018

Total cost of facility time £47,247.18
Total pay bill £76,497,833.70
Percentage of the total pay bill spent on facility time 0.06%

Paid trade union activities

Time spent on paid trade union activities as a percentage of total paid facility time hours calculated as:
Hours on paid time 934.01
Total paid facility time hours 2852.92
(Total hours spent on paid trade union activities ÷ total paid facility time hours) x 100 32.74%


Information management

Information contained within the publication scheme will be retained in line with our retention and disposal schedules (PDF: 418KB), which comply with current Department of Health and Public Record Office Guidance. 


Any questions, comments or complaints about our publication scheme should be sent to:

Head of Internal Governance,
Stella House,
Goldcrest Way,
Newburn Riverside,
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE15 8NY

You can contact us by:
Telephone: 0191 203 5484
Fax: 0191 244 6842

If you’re not satisfied with our response to your concern, you can contact our Corporate Secretary:
Telephone: 0191 244 6468