Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 helps to ensure that public authorities, like the NHS, are seen to be open and transparent in their business processes.

It provides people with a legal 'right to know' and recognises that members of the public have the right to know how public services such as the NHS are organised and run. The FOI Act gives people a right to obtain official information, unless the organisation can show there is good reason for it to be exempt from publication. The FOI Act sets out exemptions to that right and places certain obligations on public authorities. 

How to make an FOI request about NHS Greater Manchester Shared Services

As NHS Greater Manchester Shared Services (GMSS) is a hosted organisation we do not have a legal requirement to have a publication scheme or Freedom of Information (FOI) procedure.

However, we consider ourselves subject to the FOI Act in our own right and therefore to ensure that we are fit to discharge our duties and responsibilities and are seen as an open and transparent organisation we are committed to publishing key information about ourselves. This can be found in our publication scheme here.

If you require information about GMSS which is not on this website please email an FOI request to or send it in writing to NHS Greater Manchester Shared Services, c/o FOI Manager, The Keppel Building, Ashton Road West, Failsworth, Oldham, M35 0AD.

How to make an FOI request about a Clinical Commissioning Group

All CCGs are required to have a publication scheme and the information you require may be available on the CCG website.


Any requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have to be made in writing. You will be informed if any charges are incurred in providing this information and asked if you wish to proceed with the request. Some types of information are exempt from publication and if this is the case you will be informed of the exemption applied and the reason why. If the information is available on the publication scheme you do not have to make a formal request for that information.