Dear Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,

Please provide me with an up to date Organisational Structure chart showing Team Managers and Service Managers and their email addresses for General Nursing, Primary Care, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Psychological Therapies across your trust.

Yours faithfully,

Danielle Velez

FREEDOMOFINFORMATION (WESTERN SUSSEX HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

 

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FREEDOMOFINFORMATION (WESTERN SUSSEX HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

Dear Danielle,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information under the Freedom of
Information (FOI) Act 2000.

 

Your request:

 

Please provide me with an up to date Organisational Structure chart
showing Team Managers and Service Managers and their email addresses for
General Nursing, Primary Care, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and
Psychological Therapies across your trust.

 

Our response:

 

The Trust has a responsibility under section 16 of the Act to provide
assistance with FOI requests where possible and reasonable to do so.

 

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides Acute Services, and
does not provide Primary Care, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and
Psychological Therapies.  Primary Care services in this area are provided
by a local CCG - [1]https://www.coastalwestsussexccg.nhs.uk.  Mental
Health Services are provided by [2]https://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk .

 

In addition, and with regard to General Nursing Staff in our Trust, you
have requested information relevant to specific, identified members of
staff who do not meet the Information Commissioner’s suggested criteria
for disclosure, on the basis that none of the staff working in these roles
are considered to be a ‘senior executive who is responsible for policy
decisions affecting the public and the expenditure of public funds’.  The
information you are seeking is therefore exempt under section 40(2)
personal information of the Act, as this exemption relates to the rights
afforded under EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data
Protection Act 2018 legislation.  We do not consider there to be
sufficient ‘legitimate interest’ supporting the disclosure of this
information into the public domain at this time.  The engagement of
s.40(2) in this case is considered absolute and is not subject to public
interest considerations.

 

As with most other NHS organisations, we are not of the view that it is in
the Trust’s best interests to routinely release the names and contact
details of our staff into the public domain through the FOIA.  This is to
safeguard our staff from companies that may misuse this information.  Our
staff are currently very busy working to provide the best care possible to
our patients and do not have the spare capacity to receive communication
from external organisations and/or individuals unless appropriate.  The
NHS is facing an unprecedented challenge during the coronavirus (COVID-19)
pandemic. The Trust is playing our part in this important work and
therefore our resources are focused on direct patient care and support.

 

While we remain committed to our responsibilities under the FOIA, the
Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has advised that they “will not be
penalising public authorities for prioritising other areas or adapting
their usual approach during this extraordinary period”, and that the ICO
“will take into account the compelling public interest in the current
health emergency.” New guidance that sets out the ICO’s regulatory
approach during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on their website -
[3]https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-an...

 

The Trust and its commissioning partners are required to follow very
specific rules when procuring equipment or services.  It will be therefore
of little benefit to contact our staff directly about such opportunities. 
Information about procurement and tendering can be found on our website -
[4]https://www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.u...

 

If there is a specific reason you are contacting us for this information,
please let us know and we will endeavour to forward your information to
the relevant staff lead/s for their attention

 

 

If you require clarification or if we can be of any further assistance,
please do not hesitate to contact us at: [5][email address]

 

If after contacting us with any questions or concerns you remain
dissatisfied with the outcome of your enquiry, you have the right to
appeal. Please email us or write to:

 

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Freedom of Information Office

St Richards Hospital

Spitalfields Lane

CHICHESTER

PO19 6SE

 

If you are still not satisfied with the outcome of your appeal after we
have reviewed your complaint, you can write to:

 

The Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF
Telephone: 0303 123 1113

 

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Office

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

 

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