AAC purchases

Joe made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Bwrdd lechyd Prifysgol Cwn Taf Morgannwg

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Dear Sir,

I am an academic researcher, attempting to assess the provision of
augmentative and alternative communication devices by the Health Board. Could you please send me details of augmentative and alternative communication devices purchased by your organisation between 31st March 2006 and 1st April 2011?

I would like the information broken down by both product name (So for example Dynavox Xpress, iPod touch with TapToTalk, BigMack) and by year. I would like information for both children and adults, but I don't require a breakdown by age.

Deven PCT have helpfully given examples on a previous request. The
format they used was

2005/06
4 X Digital Electronic Larynxes (Servox)
2 x Listen To Me
2 x Lightwriters
1 x Dynawrite
1 x Dynamo
1 x Falck Voice Amplifier
1 x Lions Speech Aid
1 x Go Talk
1 x Little Mack

2006/07
9 x Digital Electronic Larynxes (Servox)
2 x Lightwriters
1 x mini Printer
2 x The Grid software
2 x Falck Voice Amplifiers
1 x Listen To Me
1 x Textphone
1 x Talking Symbols Notepad

and this would do nicely for me. Other excellent formats were provided by:
Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT
(http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...)
Bromley PCT (http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...)
Bristol PCT ( http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...)
and Central Lancashire PCT
(http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/au...)

Just to make the process more efficient for you guys - it would be great to clarify a couple of things at this stage - I am aware that some trusts make use of commissioning trusts to do the actual purchase of the devices; when I have contacted the commissioning trusts I've been often redirected back to the PCT because the paperwork for previous years have been stored at the PCT - this redirection must be causing additional work for both trusts in the long run and it would be great to avoid it
(http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/au...
is an example of the problem)

Also, and again to make life easier for you, I should point about that since this request is being made via whatdotheyknow.com - email addresses are stripped out of replies to protect your privacy (because the responses are all available to public view- if you are to redirect my request to another body then it's ideal to just give the name of the body rather than just an email address

Yours faithfully,

Dr Joseph Reddington

Lynn Hudson (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Services), Bwrdd lechyd Prifysgol Cwn Taf Morgannwg

Dear Dr Reddington

Freedom of Information Request: Our Reference CTHB_11_12

Thank you for your request for information. We are currently processing your request and will be in touch shortly.

In the meantime should you have any queries, please contact Claire Northwell, on 01443 744835 or [email address].

Kind regards

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Lynn Hudson
Corporate Services Assistant

on behalf of Claire Northwell
Information Governance Officer
Corporate Services
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Cwm Taf Local Health Board
Ynysmeurig House
Navigation Park
Abercynon
CF45 4SN

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Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development), Bwrdd lechyd Prifysgol Cwn Taf Morgannwg

Dear Dr Reddington

Thank you for your request for information. The NHS in Wales does not have clinical commissioning groups or PCT's. Can we just check with you that you have sent your request to the correct organisation?

The Welsh Assembly Government have done some work around this, so for an all Wales perspective, they may hold the information you require.

Kind regards
Claire

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Claire Northwell
Information Governance Officer
Corporate Development
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Cwm Taf Local Health Board
[Cwm Taf LHB Headquarters], Rhondda Cynon Taf Locality Office, Ynysmeurig House Unit 3 Navigation Park
Abercynon
Rhondda Cynon Taf
CF45 4SN
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phone / ffôn : 01443 744835
fax / facs :
mobile / symudol :

[email address]

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Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development), Bwrdd lechyd Prifysgol Cwn Taf Morgannwg

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Dear Dr Reddington

 

Freedom of Information Request : Our Reference CTHB_11_12

 

Further to your request for information, please see the response from Cwm
Taf Health Board attached.

 

Should you have any further queries, please contact the Corporate Services
Department.

 

Kind regards

Claire

 

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Claire Northwell

Information Governance Officer

Corporate Development

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Cwm Taf Local Health Board

[Cwm Taf LHB Headquarters], Rhondda Cynon Taf Locality Office, Ynysmeurig
House  Unit 3 Navigation Park

Abercynon

Rhondda Cynon Taf

CF45 4SN

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phone / ffôn :  01443 744835

fax / facs    : 

mobile / symudol    : 

 

[email address]

 

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Dear Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development),

Lovely - thank you for this :) can I then assume that no aids at all were supplied between 2006-2010?

Cheers,

Joe

Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development), Bwrdd lechyd Prifysgol Cwn Taf Morgannwg

Dear Joe

We can confirm that we are only able to provide the information from October 2009 onwards, when Cwm Taf Health Board was formed.

The Health Board does not hold this information within a single system or database, therefore a manual trawl for this information would be required through all paediatric and adult files. This would significantly exceed the 18 hours limit set down by the FOI as the reasonable limit. Section 12 of the FOIA provides that we are not obliged to spend in excess of 18 hours in any sixty day period locating, retrieving and identifying information in order to deal with a request for information.

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Corporate Services Department.

Kind regards
Claire

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Dear Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development),

Thank you for your reply - but I must admit it's confused me a bit - this appears to tell me that you only hold the information from 2010 when the trust was formed. But you also say that you hold the information but in distributed way - is this information from before 2010?

Yours sincerely,

Joe

Hi Claire

Is it possible to get a response to this?

Joe

Gadawodd Joe anodiad ()

Just spoke to Claire, she's going to ring me back…

Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development), Bwrdd lechyd Prifysgol Cwn Taf Morgannwg

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Dear Joe

Please see the email below that was sent on 22 February in relation to your follow up email.

Kind regards
Claire

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Hi Claire,

That email looks like it was sent on the 17th… and it was sent by me… was that the one you intended to send?

Yours sincerely,

Joe

Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development), Bwrdd lechyd Prifysgol Cwn Taf Morgannwg

Dear Joe

Please see the email below that was sent on 22 February in relation to your follow up email.

Kind regards
Claire

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Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development), Bwrdd lechyd Prifysgol Cwn Taf Morgannwg

Thanks Joe - your email was an attachment, the email from the Health Board was below?

I have resent for you
Claire

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Dear Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development),

Apologies - entirely my mistake. However, I did also reply to *that* email as well... Have you had a look at http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/aa... - it has a record of all the emails (like this one) relating to the request…?

Yours sincerely,

Joe

Dear Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development),

Just to follow up on our conversation of at 1312 today - here is the consolidated data for other trusts in wales

I've added a lot of manufacturing and pricing information, made quite a few corrections and such. There are two sets of data that have only just been received and so haven't been added to this…

http://www.cs.rhul.ac.uk/home/joseph/dom...
http://www.cs.rhul.ac.uk/home/joseph/dom...

Let me know how you get on :)

Yours sincerely,

Joe

Gadawodd Joe anodiad ()

Rang today - spoke to a Lynne, was told that Claire would ring me back.

Gadawodd Joe anodiad ()

...and she did, in fact, ring back promptly. J

Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development), Bwrdd lechyd Prifysgol Cwn Taf Morgannwg

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Dear Dr Reddington

 

Freedom of Information request : Our Reference CTHB_11_12

 

Further to your conversation with procurement, please see the attached
list of equipment you require for 2009/2010.

 

Kind regards

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Claire Northwell

Information Governance Officer

Corporate Development

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Cwm Taf Local Health Board

[Cwm Taf LHB Headquarters], Rhondda Cynon Taf Locality Office, Ynysmeurig
House  Unit 3 Navigation Park

Abercynon

Rhondda Cynon Taf

CF45 4SN

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phone / ffôn :  01443 744835

fax / facs    : 

mobile / symudol    : 

 

[email address]

 

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Dear Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development),

That's excellent - so I understand that we're now only waiting for data from 2006 to 2009? Is it possible to talk about when the rest of the data will arrive?

Yours sincerely,

Joe

Gadawodd Joe anodiad ()

Rang today - spoke to someone, was told that Claire would ring me back.

Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development), Bwrdd lechyd Prifysgol Cwn Taf Morgannwg

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Dear Dr Reddington

Further to your discussion with the procurement department, please find attached the information requested, attached.

Kind regards

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Claire Northwell
Information Governance Officer
Corporate Development
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Cwm Taf Local Health Board
[Cwm Taf LHB Headquarters], Rhondda Cynon Taf Locality Office, Ynysmeurig House Unit 3 Navigation Park
Abercynon
Rhondda Cynon Taf
CF45 4SN
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fax / facs :
mobile / symudol :

[email address]

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Hi Claire,

Thanks for sending that over - I'm a bit confused though... which year does this excel file relate to?

Yours sincerely,

Joe

Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development), Bwrdd lechyd Prifysgol Cwn Taf Morgannwg

I am away from the office until 13/08/2012.  If urgent, please call 01443
744800.

 

Regards

 

Claire

 

Diolch am eich neges. Rwyf ar fy ngwyliau tan 13/08/2012.  Yn y cyfamser,
cysylltwch â 01443 744800. 

 

Claire

 

 

 

 

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Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development), Bwrdd lechyd Prifysgol Cwn Taf Morgannwg

Hi Joe

Dates are as follows:

April 2006 to 31st March 2009

Regards
Claire

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Dear Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development),

Excellent! So this is the last of the data? Can I assume that each sheet refers to a different year (the request did ask for the data to be broken down by year) and if so, which sheet is which year? (I'm a bit confused by the labeling at this end... )

Yours sincerely,

Joe

Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development), Bwrdd lechyd Prifysgol Cwn Taf Morgannwg

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Dear Joe

The dates have been added within the attached spreadsheet.

Kind regards
Claire

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