Appropriate Training for GP Performance Investigators

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Dear Devon Primary Care Trust (PCT),

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act Regulations.

1) Please give the number of formal investigations into primary care general medical performers under fitness to practice procedures commenced each year since Devon PCT was formed.

2) For each investigation, please state whether the Investigating Officer(s) was a clinician or not.

3) For each Investigating Officer, please state what training relevant to the conducting of investigations that officer had received, prior to the start of that investigation.

4) Please supply all Devon PCT/NHS Devon policies and guidelines concerning the specialised training required of investigating officers prior to their appointment and the dates of and details of any changes to these policies/guidelines.

Yours faithfully,

AB Chillaton (Mr)

Devonpct Foi (DEVON PCT), Devon Primary Care Trust (PCT)

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Dear Mr AB Chillaton

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

Please find attached an acknowledgement letter from NHS Devon.

Kind regards

The Freedom of Information Team
NHS Devon

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Devonpct Foi (DEVON PCT), Devon Primary Care Trust (PCT)

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Dear Mr Chillaton

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Please find attached a
response letter from NHS Devon.

Kind regards

The Freedom of Information Team
NHS Devon

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FAO the Assistant Director of Integrated Governance
Your ref. FOI/DV945/290310/PS
Dear Sir or Madam

Thank you for the reply dated 26th April 2010 to my FOI request.

I request an internal review of your decision. I have commented on each of my requests.

1.Please give the number of formal investigations into primary care general medical performers under fitness to practice procedures commenced each year since Devon PCT was formed.

Please would you explain how disclosing the numbers of investigations each year might allow individual people to be identified? I fully accept that the identity of a person under investigation should be protected but fail to see how disclosing the numbers of formal investigations commenced each year could lead to any individual’s identity being revealed.

2.For each investigation, please state whether the Investigating Officer(s) was a clinician or not.

3.For each Investigating Officer, please state what training relevant to the conducting of investigations that officer had received, prior to the start of that investigation.

Your response, does not answer these questions. I did not ask for the composition of a future “investigation support team”.

4.Please supply all Devon PCT/NHS Devon policies and guidelines concerning the specialised training required of Investigating Officers prior to their appointment and the dates of and details of any changes to these policies/guidelines.

I have read policy HR26 that you refer to and find no reference to the specialised training required by Devon PCT/NHS Devon of their Investigating Officers. Does this mean that Devon PCT/NHS Devon has no policy on this matter?

Perhaps it would help if I explained what information I am trying to obtain. NCAS (National Clinical Assessment Service) Guidance states that Investigating Officers conducting performance enquiries should be appropriately trained.
www.ncas.npsa.nhs.uk/EasySiteWeb/Gateway... (see para 16)

I would like your help to find out whether the Investigating Officers (as described in Policy HR26) that Devon PCT/NHS Devon have used have in fact been appropriately trained.

Please answer the following additional questions:

a) Has Devon PCT/NHS Devon always followed NCAS Guidance that Investigating Officers conducting performance enquiries should be appropriately trained?

b) What type of specialised training does Devon PCT/NHS Devon regard as appropriate before a person can be appointed as Investigating Officer?

c) Has Devon PCT/NHS Devon ever used as an Investigating Officer a person who has not received such appropriate training?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ap...

Yours faithfully,

AB Chillaton

Devonpct Foi (DEVON PCT), Devon Primary Care Trust (PCT)

1 Atodiad

Dear AB Chillaton,

Thank you for your request for an Internal Review of NHS Devon's response to your Freedom of Information request.

Please find attached an acknowledgement of your request from NHS Devon.

Kind regards

The Freedom of Information Team
NHS Devon
________________________________________
From: AB Chillaton [[FOI #31625 email]]
Sent: 27 April 2010 08:14
To: Devonpct Foi (DEVON PCT)
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Appropriate Training for GP Performance Investigators

FAO the Assistant Director of Integrated Governance
Your ref. FOI/DV945/290310/PS
Dear Sir or Madam

Thank you for the reply dated 26th April 2010 to my FOI request.

I request an internal review of your decision. I have commented on
each of my requests.

1.Please give the number of formal investigations into primary care
general medical performers under fitness to practice procedures
commenced each year since Devon PCT was formed.

Please would you explain how disclosing the numbers of
investigations each year might allow individual people to be
identified? I fully accept that the identity of a person under
investigation should be protected but fail to see how disclosing
the numbers of formal investigations commenced each year could lead
to any individual’s identity being revealed.

2.For each investigation, please state whether the Investigating
Officer(s) was a clinician or not.

3.For each Investigating Officer, please state what training
relevant to the conducting of investigations that officer had
received, prior to the start of that investigation.

Your response, does not answer these questions. I did not ask for
the composition of a future “investigation support team”.

4.Please supply all Devon PCT/NHS Devon policies and guidelines
concerning the specialised training required of Investigating
Officers prior to their appointment and the dates of and details of
any changes to these policies/guidelines.

I have read policy HR26 that you refer to and find no reference to
the specialised training required by Devon PCT/NHS Devon of their
Investigating Officers. Does this mean that Devon PCT/NHS Devon has
no policy on this matter?

Perhaps it would help if I explained what information I am trying
to obtain. NCAS (National Clinical Assessment Service) Guidance
states that Investigating Officers conducting performance enquiries
should be appropriately trained.
www.ncas.npsa.nhs.uk/EasySiteWeb/Gateway... (see
para 16)

I would like your help to find out whether the Investigating
Officers (as described in Policy HR26) that Devon PCT/NHS Devon
have used have in fact been appropriately trained.

Please answer the following additional questions:

a) Has Devon PCT/NHS Devon always followed NCAS Guidance that
Investigating Officers conducting performance enquiries should be
appropriately trained?

b) What type of specialised training does Devon PCT/NHS Devon
regard as appropriate before a person can be appointed as
Investigating Officer?

c) Has Devon PCT/NHS Devon ever used as an Investigating Officer a
person who has not received such appropriate training?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is
available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ap...

Yours faithfully,

AB Chillaton

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Devonpct Foi (DEVON PCT), Devon Primary Care Trust (PCT)

1 Atodiad

Dear AB Chillaton,

Thank you for your request for an Internal Review of NHS Devon's response to your Freedom of Information request.

Please find attached a response to your request from NHS Devon.

Kind regards

The Freedom of Information Team
NHS Devon
________________________________________
From: AB Chillaton [[FOI #31625 email]]
Sent: 27 April 2010 08:14
To: Devonpct Foi (DEVON PCT)
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Appropriate Training for GP Performance Investigators

FAO the Assistant Director of Integrated Governance
Your ref. FOI/DV945/290310/PS
Dear Sir or Madam

Thank you for the reply dated 26th April 2010 to my FOI request.

I request an internal review of your decision. I have commented on
each of my requests.

1.Please give the number of formal investigations into primary care
general medical performers under fitness to practice procedures
commenced each year since Devon PCT was formed.

Please would you explain how disclosing the numbers of
investigations each year might allow individual people to be
identified? I fully accept that the identity of a person under
investigation should be protected but fail to see how disclosing
the numbers of formal investigations commenced each year could lead
to any individual’s identity being revealed.

2.For each investigation, please state whether the Investigating
Officer(s) was a clinician or not.

3.For each Investigating Officer, please state what training
relevant to the conducting of investigations that officer had
received, prior to the start of that investigation.

Your response, does not answer these questions. I did not ask for
the composition of a future “investigation support team”.

4.Please supply all Devon PCT/NHS Devon policies and guidelines
concerning the specialised training required of Investigating
Officers prior to their appointment and the dates of and details of
any changes to these policies/guidelines.

I have read policy HR26 that you refer to and find no reference to
the specialised training required by Devon PCT/NHS Devon of their
Investigating Officers. Does this mean that Devon PCT/NHS Devon has
no policy on this matter?

Perhaps it would help if I explained what information I am trying
to obtain. NCAS (National Clinical Assessment Service) Guidance
states that Investigating Officers conducting performance enquiries
should be appropriately trained.
www.ncas.npsa.nhs.uk/EasySiteWeb/Gateway... (see
para 16)

I would like your help to find out whether the Investigating
Officers (as described in Policy HR26) that Devon PCT/NHS Devon
have used have in fact been appropriately trained.

Please answer the following additional questions:

a) Has Devon PCT/NHS Devon always followed NCAS Guidance that
Investigating Officers conducting performance enquiries should be
appropriately trained?

b) What type of specialised training does Devon PCT/NHS Devon
regard as appropriate before a person can be appointed as
Investigating Officer?

c) Has Devon PCT/NHS Devon ever used as an Investigating Officer a
person who has not received such appropriate training?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is
available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ap...

Yours faithfully,

AB Chillaton

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir