Dear Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust,

Do you condone clinicians documenting a patients ethnicity, background or religion as a clinical opinion?

Yours faithfully,

S.Jones

LYPFT, Foi (LEEDS AND YORK PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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LYPFT, Foi (LEEDS AND YORK PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Dear S Jones,

Thank you for your email requesting information from our Trust.

Having looked at your request we are seeking clarification on the following points;

You have asked “Do you condone clinicians documenting a patients ethnicity, background or religion as a clinical opinion?”.

Please could you clarify – what do you mean by this?

Routine recording of ethnicity is in compliance with the [Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000] which gives public authorities a duty to promote race equality. It is a legislative requirement to monitor the ethnic group of ALL patients to identify who might be at a greater risk from
conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, etc and to ensure that race discrimination is not taking place. As part of the provision of a fair and equitable health service, we want everyone, no matter what their ethnic group, religion or culture, to be able to use our services easily.

Please could you clarify your question?

As advised, we require clarification of the points raised before we can proceed with compiling our response to ensure that we are providing the appropriate information that you require.

Whilst we are awaiting your clarification, we will place your request “on hold” until we receive your response, extending the 20 working day timescale. Should we not receive your clarification within 20 working days, we will consider your request closed.

Yours faithfully,

Anne-Marie Field
Information Governance Support Officer
Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
1st Floor, North Wing, St Mary's House
St Martins View, Leeds, LS7 3LA
Tel: 0113 85 59772
[email address]

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Dear LYPFT, Foi (LEEDS AND YORK PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

1. Are statements in clinical records describing a patients race/religion/ethinicity or background considered to be facts or an opinion?

Example
If a clinician employed by the Trust makes a comment about a service users race/religion/background,(Patient is from ____________) and at a later time a patient says this is incorrect, would the Trust support a clinician refusing to amend the record on the basis that it is a clinical opinion?

Yours sincerely,

S.Jones

LYPFT, Foi (LEEDS AND YORK PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear S Jones,

Please find attached a response to your recent Freedom of Information request.

Kindest regards
Anne-Marie Field
Information Governance Support Officer
Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
1st Floor, North Wing, St Mary's House
St Martins View, Leeds, LS7 3LA
Tel: 0113 85 59772
[email address]

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