CCG Agency Expenditure 2017/18

Ellis Sausman made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to NHS England

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Dear NHS England,

Apologies for the duplicate request as i understand that i have previously requested a breakdown of CCGs agency (non-contract) expenditure for 17/18, which NHS England stated that they do not hold the information to provide a response.

The reason i am raising this request again, is that i have since found a similar request for agency spending for CCG included within a CHC FOI,
(link here: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...)
which NHS England responded to and provided a spreadsheet which detailed the information i am requested above for 16/17. If the reporting requirements have changed which means the information is no longer held, can you please inform me as to what changes have occurred so i can understand?

Yours faithfully,

Ellis Sausman

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Dear Ellis Sausman,

 

Freedom of Information Request Acknowledgement (Our Ref: FOI-058022)

 

Thank you for your communication dated 06 December 2018.

 

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FOI, England (NHS ENGLAND), NHS England

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Dear Ellis Sausman,

 

Re:      Freedom of Information Internal Review outcome (Our Ref:
FOI-056813 IR)

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) Internal Review request
dated 7 December 2018.

 

Your original FOI request was received by NHS England on 9 July 2018, and
read:-

 

Please can you provide the information requested in excel format:

 

1. Please provide a breakdown of each CCGs total expenditure on agency
(non-contract) staff in 2017/18.

 

Your Internal Review request was received by NHS England on 11 December
2018, and read:-

 

Apologies for the duplicate request as i understand that i have previously
requested a breakdown of CCGs agency (non-contract) expenditure for 17/18,
which NHS England stated that they do not hold the information to provide
a response.

 

The reason i am raising this request again, is that i have since found a
similar request for agency spending for CCG included within a CHC FOI,
(link here:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...)

which NHS England responded to and provided a spreadsheet which detailed
the information i am requested above for 16/17. If the reporting
requirements have changed which means the information is no longer held,
can you please inform me as to what changes have occurred so i can
understand?

 

The FOI Management team have reviewed your request and this letter
provides the outcome of this review. It may be helpful if we first explain
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It was noted that your original response was issued within the statutory
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We have also assessed whether you received an appropriate response to your
request and considered the comments you have set out in your Internal
Review email.

 

It is the conclusion of this review that NHS England’s original response
was not appropriate.

 

The initial response set out that information was not held by NHS England.
On review this is not the case and information is held by NHS England.

 

In line with the above, our original response is not upheld. Please find
below a response to your original request and accept our apologies for the
incorrect initial response.

 

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are not allocated budgets for
Continuing Health Care (CHC) or Funded Nursing Care (FNC) or any other
specific commissioned service. They receive total allocations for the
year, and they are then able to set internal budgets for each commissioned
service for management purposes only.

 

Please find attached a breakdown of agency expenditure by each CCG. 

 

Please note, however, that the following caveats apply:

 

o The expenditure is an aggregated position of the CCG teams, all of
which have coded and validated their transactions independently. This
potentially impacts the consistency of coding. Groups of CCGs may also
manage these services under hosted arrangements which may impact on
how the balances appear in their ledgers.  

 

o The data reconciles in total to NHS England’s pre consol adjusted
accounts, pre consolidated Department of Health Arm’s Length Body
(ALB) return, and Agreement of Balances submission.

 

o Individual teams may have interpreted coding guidance and accounts
instructions differently.

 

o The expenditure is an aggregated position of the CCG teams, all of
which have coded and validated their transactions independently. This
potentially impacts the consistency of coding.

 

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details are as follows:- PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT; 0300 3 11 22 33,
[4][NHS England request email].

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Freedom of Information

Corporate Communications Team

Transformation and Corporate Operations Directorate

 

NHS England

PO Box 16738

REDDITCH

B97 9PT

 

Tel: 0300 311 22 33

Email: [5][NHS England request email]

 

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