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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, 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:

Information Governance
Stella House
Goldcrest Way
Newburn Riverside
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE15 8NY

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