Council DoLS Service Provision.

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Northumberland County Council,

Please can you provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1 - How many assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were conducted during the period 01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017 by the following:

a.) Council employed Best Interest Assessors.
b.) Independent Best Interest Assessors (not employed directly by the Local Authority).
c.) Mental Health Assessors.
d.) Assessments allocated to 3rd part recruitment agency contracts.

2- Total budget spend on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards from 01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017, broken down to include:

a.) The total council spend on DoLS assessments split between employed Best Interest Assessors, Independent Best Interest Assessors, Mental Health Assessors and/or recruitment agencies for the period 01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017
b.) Total DoLS team budget for 2017-2018.
c.) Details of the current DoLS team members by name / job title and number of qualified Best Interest Assessors working in your local authority. Please include contact details for the current MCA/DoLS Service lead and DoLS team manager.

Yours faithfully,
A.G. Johnson

Northumberland County Council

1 Atodiad

Our Ref: 2502  

Dear Enquirer,

INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for your request for information which will be dealt with under
the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental
Information Regulations 2004.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we
will let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

If you have any queries about this matter please contact us. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Kind regards

Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk

Northumberland County Council

1 Atodiad

Our Ref: 2502   

Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

Thank you for your request for information received on 4th May 2017
concerning DoLS assessors. This request is being handled under the Freedom
of Information Act

The Council confirms that it does hold certain information covered by your
request, however we believe that we need further time in which to provide
a full response to you.

Under the Freedom of Information Act you asked a number of questions about
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard Assessors (see below).  Unfortunately,
the Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust (which holds the information
required to answer your questions on behalf of the council) was affected
by the cyber-attack which was reported widely in the press recently.  We
hope to be able to provide the information you requested by 16 June.

 

1.    How many assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
were conducted during the period 01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017 by the
following:

a)    Council employed Best Interest Assessors.

b)   Independent Best Interest Assessors (not employed directly by the
Local Authority).

c)    Mental Health Assessors.

d)   Assessments allocated to 3rd part recruitment agency contracts.

 

2.    Total budget spend on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards from
01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017, broken down to include:

a)    The total council spend on DoLS assessments split between employed
Best Interest Assessors, Independent Best Interest Assessors, Mental
Health Assessors and/or recruitment agencies for the period 01/05/2009
to01/05/2017

b)   Total DoLS team budget for 20172018.

c)      Details of the current DoLS team members by name / job title and
number of qualified Best Interest Assessors working in your local
authority. Please include contact details for the current MCA/DoLS Service
lead and DoLS team manager.

Complaints

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request an internal review by writing within 2 months
from the date of your response to the Information Governance Office:

Freedom of Information Officer
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
NE61 2EF

[Northumberland County Council request email]

Information Commissioner

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have a right by Section 50 of the Act to apply to the Information
Commissioner for a decision as to whether your request has been dealt with
in accordance with the requirements of the Act at:

The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Tel: 01625 545 745 / Fax: 01625 524 510
Email: [email address]

There is no charge for making an appeal.

Yours sincerely

FOI Coordinator - Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk

Northumberland County Council

1 Atodiad

Our Ref: 2502   

Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

Thank you for your request for information received on 03rd May 2017. 
 
Under the Freedom of Information Act you asked a number of questions about
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard Assessors.  However, we will need more
time to retrieve data for the earlier years for which you wanted
information.  We hope to be able to provide a full response by 23 June and
we will write to you then. 

1.    How many assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
were conducted during the period 01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017 by the
following:

a)    Council employed Best Interest Assessors.

b)   Independent Best Interest Assessors (not employed directly by the
Local Authority).

c)    Mental Health Assessors.

d)   Assessments allocated to 3rd part recruitment agency contracts.

 

2.    Total budget spend on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards from
01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017, broken down to include:

a)    The total council spend on DoLS assessments split between employed
Best Interest Assessors, Independent Best Interest Assessors, Mental
Health Assessors and/or recruitment agencies for the period 01/05/2009
to01/05/2017

b)   Total DoLS team budget for 20172018.

c)      Details of the current DoLS team members by name / job title and
number of qualified Best Interest Assessors working in your local
authority. Please include contact details for the current MCA/DoLS Service
lead and DoLS team manager.

Complaints

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request an internal review by writing within 2 months
from the date of your response to the Information Governance Office:

Freedom of Information Officer
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
NE61 2EF

[Northumberland County Council request email]

Information Commissioner

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have a right by Section 50 of the Act to apply to the Information
Commissioner for a decision as to whether your request has been dealt with
in accordance with the requirements of the Act at:

The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Tel: 01625 545 745 / Fax: 01625 524 510
Email: [email address]

There is no charge for making an appeal.

Yours sincerely

FOI Coordinator - Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk 

Under the Freedom of Information Act you asked a number of questions about
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard Assessors.  However, we will need more
time to retrieve data for the earlier years for which you wanted
information.  We hope to be able to provide a full response by 23 June.

 

1.    How many assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
were conducted during the period 01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017 by the
following:

a)    Council employed Best Interest Assessors.

b)   Independent Best Interest Assessors (not employed directly by the
Local Authority).

c)    Mental Health Assessors.

d)   Assessments allocated to 3rd part recruitment agency contracts.

 

2.    Total budget spend on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards from
01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017, broken down to include:

a)    The total council spend on DoLS assessments split between employed
Best Interest Assessors, Independent Best Interest Assessors, Mental
Health Assessors and/or recruitment agencies for the period 01/05/2009
to01/05/2017

b)   Total DoLS team budget for 20172018.

c)      Details of the current DoLS team members by name / job title and
number of qualified Best Interest Assessors working in your local
authority. Please include contact details for the current MCA/DoLS Service
lead and DoLS team manager.

Under the Freedom of Information Act you asked a number of questions about
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard Assessors.  However, we will need more
time to retrieve data for the earlier years for which you wanted
information.  We hope to be able to provide a full response by 23 June.

 

1.    How many assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
were conducted during the period 01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017 by the
following:

a)    Council employed Best Interest Assessors.

b)   Independent Best Interest Assessors (not employed directly by the
Local Authority).

c)    Mental Health Assessors.

d)   Assessments allocated to 3rd part recruitment agency contracts.

 

2.    Total budget spend on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards from
01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017, broken down to include:

a)    The total council spend on DoLS assessments split between employed
Best Interest Assessors, Independent Best Interest Assessors, Mental
Health Assessors and/or recruitment agencies for the period 01/05/2009
to01/05/2017

b)   Total DoLS team budget for 20172018.

c)      Details of the current DoLS team members by name / job title and
number of qualified Best Interest Assessors working in your local
authority. Please include contact details for the current MCA/DoLS Service
lead and DoLS team manager.

Under the Freedom of Information Act you asked a number of questions about
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard Assessors.  However, we will need more
time to retrieve data for the earlier years for which you wanted
information.  We hope to be able to provide a full response by 23 June.

 

1.    How many assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
were conducted during the period 01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017 by the
following:

a)    Council employed Best Interest Assessors.

b)   Independent Best Interest Assessors (not employed directly by the
Local Authority).

c)    Mental Health Assessors.

d)   Assessments allocated to 3rd part recruitment agency contracts.

 

2.    Total budget spend on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards from
01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017, broken down to include:

a)    The total council spend on DoLS assessments split between employed
Best Interest Assessors, Independent Best Interest Assessors, Mental
Health Assessors and/or recruitment agencies for the period 01/05/2009
to01/05/2017

b)   Total DoLS team budget for 20172018.

c)      Details of the current DoLS team members by name / job title and
number of qualified Best Interest Assessors working in your local
authority. Please include contact details for the current MCA/DoLS Service
lead and DoLS team manager.

Under the Freedom of Information Act you asked a number of questions about
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard Assessors.  However, we will need more
time to retrieve data for the earlier years for which you wanted
information.  We hope to be able to provide a full response by 23 June.

 

1.    How many assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
were conducted during the period 01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017 by the
following:

a)    Council employed Best Interest Assessors.

b)   Independent Best Interest Assessors (not employed directly by the
Local Authority).

c)    Mental Health Assessors.

d)   Assessments allocated to 3rd part recruitment agency contracts.

 

2.    Total budget spend on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards from
01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017, broken down to include:

a)    The total council spend on DoLS assessments split between employed
Best Interest Assessors, Independent Best Interest Assessors, Mental
Health Assessors and/or recruitment agencies for the period 01/05/2009
to01/05/2017

b)   Total DoLS team budget for 20172018.

c)      Details of the current DoLS team members by name / job title and
number of qualified Best Interest Assessors working in your local
authority. Please include contact details for the current MCA/DoLS Service
lead and DoLS team manager.

Northumberland County Council

1 Atodiad

Our Ref: 2502   

Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to Deprivation
of Liberty Safeguard Assessors. 

Right of Access

Section 1(1) of the Act provides any person making a request for
information to a public authority is entitled.

(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request (which Section
1(6) of the Act designates as the "duty to confirm or deny"), and

(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him.

The right is to obtain access to the information itself and not to the
document or record which contains it.

The Act creates a general right of access to information held by public
authorities subject to various exemptions.

Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you
have requested, please see the following information in response.

1.    How many assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
were conducted during the period 01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017 by the following

a)    Council employed Best Interest Assessors.

b)   Independent Best Interest Assessors (not employed directly by the
Local Authority).

c)    Mental Health Assessors.

This is shown in the table below.

Number of assessments 09/10 10/11 11/12 12/13 13/14 14/15 15/16 16/17
by Council employed Best 9 8* 17 24 32 743 590 606
Interest Assessors
by Independent Best Interest
Assessors (not employed directly 0
by the Local Authority
by Mental Health Assessors 8 9 45 51 31 1,217 1,790 1,222

*This total does not include an “out of county” assessment carried out on
our behalf by another local authority.

2.    Total budget spend on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards from
01/05/2009 to 01/05/2017, broken down to include:

a)    The total council spend on DoLS assessments split between employed
Best Interest Assessors, Independent Best Interest Assessors, Mental
Health Assessors and/or recruitment agencies for the period 01/05/2009
to01/05/2017.

This is shown in the table below.

Total council 09/10 10/11 11/12 12/13 13/14 14/15 15/16 16/17
spend (£’s)
Assessments by
Council- See See See See See See
employed Best £412,800 £319,090
Interest note 1 note 1 note 1 note 1 note 1 note 1
Assessors
Assessments by
Independent
Best Interest 0
Assessors (not
employed  
directly by
the Local
Authority
Assessments by £1,400 £1,575 £1,875 £8,925
Mental Health
Assessors (Est’d) (Est’d) (Est’d) (Est’d) £6,844 £239,760 £209,204 £144,603

(See (See (See (See
note 2) note 2) note 2) note 2)

 Notes

1.    Prior to 2015/16 spending on Best Interest Assessments was coded as
part of the budget for a wider group of staff responsible for the
council’s safeguarding responsibilities and cannot therefore be separately
identified.  However, from 2015/16  we had a separate DoLS team which
initially accounted for the vast majority of spending on Best Interest
Assessments and this figure is therefore given for 2015/16 and the
following year.   However increasingly many DoLS assessments are now
carried out by social workers outside the DoLS team, so this expenditure
figure is now only part of the total cost.

2.    Spending on Mental Health Assessors until 2013/14 was included in
the budget for a wider group of services within which spending on mental
health assessors is not now possible to identify separately.  An estimate
has therefore been given.

b)   Total DoLS team budget for 2017/18.

£250,930 

c)    Details of the current DoLS team members by name / job title and
number of qualified Best Interest Assessors working in your local
authority. Please include contact details for the current MCA/DoLS Service
lead and DoLS team manager.

The DoLS team can be contacted on [1][email address]. 
Anna English is the Senior Manager (Adult Social Care) who leads on
MCA/DoLS.  We have 80 qualified BIAs working in Northumberland.

Complaints

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request an internal review by writing within 2 months
from the date of this response to the Information Governance Office:

Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
NE61 2EF

Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]

Information Commissioner

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have a
right by Section 50 of the Act to apply to the Information Commissioner
for a decision as to whether your request has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act at:

The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Tel: 01625 545 745
Email: [email address]

There is no charge for making an appeal.

Yours sincerely

FOI Coordinator 
Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk 

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