Freedom of Information

As required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this Publication Scheme provides a guide to the services and practitioners who practise at Leeds Student Medical Practice. It is based on the model publication scheme for general practices produced by the NHS Freedom of Information (FOI) project board and the British Medical Association

This Publication Scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely made available to the public by Drs, Hudson,  Armitage, Lyons, Sterrenburg, Kisil and Ditchfield. It is a description of the information about Leeds Student Medical Practice and the General Practitioners who work there that is available to the public. It will be reviewed at regular intervals and we will monitor its effectiveness

Your rights to information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 recognises that members of the public have the right to know how public services are organised and run, how much they cost and how the decisions are made

From January 1st, 2005 the FOI Act will oblige Leeds Student Medical Practice to respond to requests about information that it holds and is recorded in any format and it will create a right of access to that information. These rights are subject to some exemptions which have to be taken into consideration before deciding what information it can release

In addition to accessing the information identified in this Publication Scheme, you are entitled to request information about Leeds Student Medical Practice under the NHS Openness Code 1995.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you are also entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you and you can contact the Practice Manager at Leeds Student Medical Practice to do this

Environmental information regulations enable similar access to environmental information as under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

How much does it cost?

Publications are free unless otherwise indicated. Where there is a charge for providing information the cost will be calculated as set out in each class

How do we make information available?

Information may be downloaded from our practice website otherwise it is available in hard copy from the Practice Manager as indicated for each class of information


If you have any comments about the operation of this Publication Scheme or how we have dealt with your request for information from the Scheme please contact: Mark Platt,  Leeds Student Medical Practice, 4 Blenheim Court, Blenheim Walk, Leeds LS2 9AE

Classes of information

All information at the Leeds Student Medical Practice is held, retained and destroyed in accordance with NHS guidelines

Our commitment to publish information excludes any information which can be legitimately withheld under the exemptions set out in the NHS Openness Code or Freedom of Information Act 2000

Where individual Classes are subject to exemptions, the main reasons are the protection of commercial interests and the protection of confidential personal information under the Data Protection Act 1998. This applies to all Classes within the Publication Scheme.

The information included in this Scheme is grouped into 7 broad classes


  • Details of the practice, organisational structure, key personnel and how we fit into the NHS
  • This NHS practice is part of NHS Leeds and provides services for patients meeting our registration criteria (available on our Registration Page). We provide services in accordance with a personal medical services contract held with NHS Leeds
  • A full list of our personnel can be found on the Team Page of our website
  • This practice aims to follow national and local best practice guidelines including the NICE best practice guidelines and the National Service Frameworks
  • A full list of local General Practices can be found on the NHS Choices website


The range of services we provide under contract to the NHS:

  • A full range of general medical services
  • Travel advice and immunisations (including Yellow Fever and Rabies)
  • Qualified sports injury trained doctor who runs a regular clinic by appointment
  • In-house physiotherapy treatment, subject to referral by one of our doctors
  • Practice Nurses run regular cervical smear test clinics
  • A variety of minor surgical procedures including the treatment of warts may be undertaken in the Practice
  • Full antenatal care for pregnant women, including pre-conception advice
  • Asthma Clinic runs during term-time. Patients are seen by a trained asthma nurse (and a doctor where necessary)
  • Child health surveillance including regular developmental checks and immunisations
  • All the doctors have experience dealing with mental health issues, both general and more specific to the University population. In addition, weekly clinics are run by Primary Care Mental Health Workers who are attached to the practice
  • During consultations, patients may discuss all aspects of sexual health, HIV, Hepatitis, STDs, contraception, and health screening (cervical smears, breast checks and testicular examination). Patients of any sexual orientation are welcome to attend and all consultations follow the strictest rules of medical confidentiality
  • Smoking cessation advice is available from all clinicians, as is referral to Leeds Stop Smoking Service
  • Some services require information sharing with other health care agencies, for which we have a protocol (see Class 6)
  • Surgery times – please view our Appointments page to see our opening times, surgery hours, and out of hours provision
  • Members of staff conduct consultations in English, accordingly if translation services are required please contact us in advance


Leeds Student Medical Practice receives money from NHS Leeds according to its contract, in exchange for services provided for patients

We have elected not to publish further details of income received, or drug budgets, as we regard this information as confidential and believe that disclosure may be prejudicial to the conduct of Leeds Student Medical Practice’s affairs

Current charges for private services can be obtained from Reception


The following published information is available by collection from the Practice or by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope:
Practice Leaflet


This practice follows the NHS complaints procedure when dealing with all complaints. For a copy of the practice complaints procedure write to Mark Platt, Leeds Student Medical Practice, 4 Blenheim Court, Blenheim Walk, Leeds LS2 9AE


Our policies and procedures

  • Access to Records – Access to health records under the Data Protection Act 2018
  • CCTV code of practice*
  • Computer backup and video security
  • Computer workstations: safe use
  • Confidentiality (agreement for temporary employees)
  • Confidentiality Code of Conduct*
  • Data protection
  • Health and safety manual*
  • Information Sharing Protocol (Leeds)
  • Information security and data protection policy*
  • Internet access agreement – acceptable use of Internet and e-mail*
  • Prescribing and prescription policy
  • Stress in the workplace – LSMP Policy
  • Zero Tolerance policy (on violence and abuse)

*=indicates a specific fee will be levied for the supply of these documents in all formats, see Cost of Information in Class 7

CHARGES – Class 7

In this section we will publish any changes we make to this Publication Scheme after year 1, a referral point for all enquiries regarding information management in general, and any charges levied for documentation. Charges will be reviewed regularly

Cost of Information

Our Practice Leaflet is available free by collection from the surgery, or by supply of a self-addressed envelope, (1 copy per application)

Leaflets and brochures are available free by collection from the surgery (1 copy per applicant)

You may connect to our website and print unlimited copies of our information if you have the facility to do so. If you do not have Internet access, prints of information can be supplied at a cost of £0.35 per page. These costs will need to be paid on request of the prints, plus the cost of postage if required

Information provided by e-mail will be free of charge, where the volume of the request is considered reasonable, and is not expressly covered by specific fees.


All enquiries should be directed by e-mail to Mark Platt on [email protected] or by letter to Mark Platt, at the address given in Class 1