Re: FOI Request - Policy on Employing Unaccredited Counsellors and Psychotherapists:

Thomas Stephens made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I work for the office of Diana Johnson MP. I am writing on her
behalf to make an FOI request concerning the Trust's policy on the
employment of unaccredited counsellors and psychotherapists. Although you are of course only obliged to respond within 20 working days, I would be grateful if you could respond at the earliest opportunity.

This follows from FOI requests we made to all 211 CCGs in England
concerning their policies on the commissisoning of counselling and
psychotherapy. Three CCGs told me they commission your Trust, and
these are as follows (please clarify if there are any more):

> Bradford City CCG
> Bradford Districts CCG
> Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG

I asked these CCGs about whether they required the accreditation of counsellors and psychotherapists when commissioning providers; and whether indeed they could provide assurance that all such providers' practitioners were accredited. Their response in relation to this trust was enigmatic:

"Bradford District Care Trust, is an NHS provider, and is commissioned using the national NHS contract and therefore subject to national requirements to ensure appropriate staff training and qualifications."

I am thus sending and FOI request to you with the hope of working
out the Trust's policy on the employment of unaccredited
counsellors and psychotherapists. Please see below for the request
in full.

Yours Sincerely,

Tom Stephens.

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information
Act. This request follows on from a previous FOI request I sent,
dated 28th January 2014, to all CCGs in England. It concerned the
CCG’s commissioning of counselling and psychotherapy services from
providers who employ practitioners who are not all accredited
members of bodies which are on the Accredited Voluntary Register
(AVR).

This request (which is attached to this letter) received a variety
of responses from CCGs. Crucially, some CCGs told me that they only
commission counselling and psychotherapy from their local NHS
Trust, and advised I direct this FOI request to the Trusts for
information on the accreditation of all the counsellors and
psychotherapists they employ.

Pursuant to this, I am contacting you because some CCGs told me
that they commission this Trust to provide counselling and
psychotherapy services.

In making this follow-up request, I am interested in knowing not
merely whether the CCG and Trust has a policy on the
commissioning/employment of non-AVR registered counsellors or
psychotherapists or not – which was the main issue of my previous
FOI request – but whether the Trust can provide assurance that none
of the counsellors and psychotherapists you employ are not
accredited with organisations on the AVR.

I would thus like information on the following:

(1) Is the Trust commissioned by any CCGs to provide counselling
and psychotherapy services? If so, please state which. Is the Trust
the sole Provider of counselling and psychotherapy for any of these
Trusts?

(2) If so, does the commissioning contract negotiated with the CCGs
specify that all counsellors and psychotherapists employed by the
provider must be accredited members of an appropriate or relevant
professional body; or has the CCG sought assurance on this through
other means? If so, could you list the bodies which the Trust deems
appropriate? Are any of the bodies the CCG deems appropriate or
relevant not on the Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR)?

(3) What is the Trust’s policy on the employment of counsellors and
psychotherapists who are not accredited with professional bodies on
the Accredited Voluntary Register?

(4) Can the Trust provide assurance that none of the practitioners
you employ are not accredited with professional bodies which are on
the AVR?

Yours faithfully,

Thomas Stephens

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

 

Dear Thomas Stephens ,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 which the Information Governance Department received
on the 31/10/2014 and has been given the reference number 1080. We will
now proceed with your application.

It is our intention to have the information delivered to you by
the 28/11/2014 at the latest.  There are a limited number of exemptions
that may prevent us from releasing the information but we will try to
answer your request in as much detail as possible.

 
Yours sincerely
 
Information Governance and Records Management Team

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

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Freedom of Information Request to Bradford District Care Trust​

Dear Thomas Stephens
 
Please find attached Bradford District Care Trust's response to your
Freedom of Information request.
Please contact us on [1][email address] or on our direct number,
01274 363629, if you have any queries or if you require further
information.
Thank you for your assistance.
 
Information Governance Team

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Freedom of Information Request to Bradford District Care Trust​

Dear Thomas Stephens
 
Please find attached Bradford District Care Trust's response to your
Freedom of Information request.
Please contact us on [1][email address] or on our direct number,
01274 363629, if you have any queries or if you require further
information.
Thank you for your assistance.
 
Information Governance Team

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FOI Requests, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

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Freedom of Information Request to Bradford District Care Trust​

Dear Thomas Stephens

 

Please find attached Bradford District Dare Trust's response to your
Freedom of Information request.

Please contact us on [1][email address] or on our direct number,
01274 363629, if you have any queries or if you require further
information.

Thank you for your assistance.

 

Information Governance Team

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