Investigations into the deaths of patients with a learning disability

NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group Nid oedd gan y wybodaeth y gofynnwyd amdani.

Dear NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group,

Please would you provide the following information for your CCG:

1) the number of deaths of patients with a learning disability that occurred in the last three years (by years defined as 1/4/16 - 31/3/17, 1/4/17 - 31/3/18, 1/4/18 to present).

2) the number of independent investigations into the deaths of patients with a learning disability that you have commissioned in the last three years (defined as above)

3a) the number of deaths of patients with a learning disability that have resulted in an inquest in the last three years (defined as above)

3b) of those inquests the number that were an Article 2 inquest

I look forward to hearing from you,
Many thanks
Dr George Julian

NHSWIRRALCCG, foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG), NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group

Ref No: ID 1360

Dear Dr Julian,

Thank you for your email requesting information about investigations into the deaths of patients with a learning disability

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Kind Regards

Joe Scanlon
Corporate Officer
NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group
Marriss House, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 5AL
t: 0151 651 0011 (ext 1801)
w: http://www.wirralccg.nhs.uk

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From: George Julian <[FOI #563004 email]>
Sent: 19 March 2019 09:12
To: NHSWIRRALCCG, foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG)
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Investigations into the deaths of patients with a learning disability

Dear NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group,

Please would you provide the following information for your CCG:

1) the number of deaths of patients with a learning disability that occurred in the last three years (by years defined as 1/4/16 - 31/3/17, 1/4/17 - 31/3/18, 1/4/18 to present).

2) the number of independent investigations into the deaths of patients with a learning disability that you have commissioned in the last three years (defined as above)

3a) the number of deaths of patients with a learning disability that have resulted in an inquest in the last three years (defined as above)

3b) of those inquests the number that were an Article 2 inquest

I look forward to hearing from you,
Many thanks
Dr George Julian

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NHSWIRRALCCG, foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG), NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group

Dear Dr Julian,

I am writing in response to your FOI request for information on deaths of patients with a learning disability. Unfortunately, NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group does not hold this information. Please can I suggest that you contact Wirral Council directly, see link below:

www.wirral.gov.uk/about-council/freedom-...

Regards,

Joe Scanlon
Corporate Officer
Marriss House, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 5AL
t: 0151 541 5380
e: [email address]
w: http://www.wirralccg.nhs.uk

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Dear Joe,

Many thanks for responding to my FOI request. Can I just confirm that you are stating that the CCG does not hold any information in relation to the deaths of patients with a learning disability? It would seem surprising that you have no overview of this population given your role as commissioner of health services.

It might be that you hold information relating to the deaths of people identified as someone with a learning disability in GP registers? Would there be any information on deaths of people with learning disabilities in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) that the CCG contributes to? Please could someone check and get back to me to confirm whether they really are not able to answer Question 1.

The Serious Incident Framework states the following in relation to Level 3 Independent Investigations:

'Although the regional team may offer support where it is necessary to do so, independent investigations, and the decision to commission independent investigations, should be managed locally by the commissioner of the care in which the incident occurred wherever possible. Local management and ownership of Serious Incidents is of fundamental importance to ensuring appropriate and timely action'.

Therefore I'm very surprised that the CCG is unable to answer Question 2. Surely a record would be kept as to whether an independent investigation had been commissioned by the CCG or not? I wouldn't like to assume that no investigations have been commissioned but would appreciate confirmation either way.

I'll take it from your earlier response that you do not collect the information requested in Question 3.

I hope someone will be able to confirm with relation to the other questions,
Many thanks
George

NHSWIRRALCCG, foirequests (NHS WIRRAL CCG), NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group

Dear Dr George,

As advised in the email below, the Clinical Commissioning Group does not hold the detail that you require within your Freedom of Information request. Please can I suggest that you contact the Local Authority as advised previously on the following email address:

www.wirral.gov.uk/about-council/freedom-...

Kind Regards
Grace Price-Jones
Acting Corporate Affairs Manager

Marriss House, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 5AL
dd: 0151 541 5430
t: 0151 651 0011 (ext: 401141)
e: [email address]
w: http://www.wirralccg.nhs.uk
f (safe haven): 0151 643 5445

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