Dear London Strategic Health Authority,

Does the SHA hold information showing the retention premia paid to each Executive Director since 1 October 2010.
Please provide details for each Executive Director giving information for 2010/11 and 2011/12.

If the request does not exceed the FOI limit, please supply details of the number of staff, excluding Directors, and the total paid as retention premia in 2010/11 and 2011/12 since the 1 October 2010.

Yours faithfully,

Gerry Hallright

Freedom of Information (NHS London), London Strategic Health Authority

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Dear Mr Hallright,

Please find attached a response to your request for information.

Regards

Kevin O'Flaherty
FOI Advisor

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Dear Kevin O'Flaherty,

thank you for your 15th May reply.

I would like to request that the retention premia which were listed in the last FOI for Executive Directors only, are identifed by individual post. I believe that the premia are assigned to a post and not to an individual.

Does the SHA hold guidance as to the use of premia payents and can I please be sent a copy?

Yours sincerely,

Gerry Hallright

Freedom of Information (NHS London), London Strategic Health Authority

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Dear Gerry

Please find attached the response to your FOI request.

Kind regards,

Davin Puttergill
FOI Manager
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Dear Davin,

Thank you for your 6th July reply.

I would be grateful if the SHA can review its decision not to identify which retention premia is associated by individual Executive Director post for the following reasons:

1) There is a legitimate public interest in understanding the circumstances in which optional payments are awarded to public sector managers. There has been a great deal of debate in the media around the topic of optional payments and government departments have issued various guidance about optional payemnts such as bonusus.

2) The annual NHS pay review reports show the public discussions around the merits of national recruitment and retention premia (RRP) and it would be beneficial to have the bility to discuss local RRP arrangements.

3) There is a general public interest in promoting openness and transparency in public affairs.

4) The disclosure of individual Executive Director posts by RRP is necessary to meet the public interest because RRPs are recognised by different staff groups eg Finance, Medical or Nursing.
Different shortages may exist in different staff groups and only RRP identification by staff group would allow public scrutiny.

5) The RRP information by Executive Director is not available in any London SHA publication.

6) It is highly unlikely disclosure would cause unwarranted harm to the interests of the individuals.
The SHA has pointed out that the total remuneration by Executive Director is available from the London SHA Annual Reports.

7) Any Executive Director would have a reasonable expectation that their remuneration details will be made public.

8) The SHA disclosed individual bonus payments by Executive Director in FOI L491.
There appears to be a precedent in disclosing detailed remuneration details.

9) The AfC handbook states:
“5.5 Recruitment and retention premia will apply to posts.”
There is a weaker link to the postholder's personal data.

Yours sincerely,

Gerry Hallright

Freedom of Information (NHS London), London Strategic Health Authority

Dear Mr Hallright,

Thank you for your email requesting an internal review of our FOI decision. You should receive a response by 3rd September 2012.

Regards

Kevin O'Flaherty
Directorate of Communications and Public Affairs.

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Dear Kevin O'Flaherty

thank you for the 6th August reply.

Having reviewed another SHA FOI reply, I would like to add the following to my appeal:

10)One SHA has disclosed premia payments by executive which supports the reasonability of the request.

FOI 612, 12th July
Recruitment and retention premia payments made to NHS South of England executive directors from 1 October 2011 to 31 March 2012
Chief Operating Officer 0-5
Director of Corporate Affairs 5-10

Yours sincerely,

Gerry Hallright

NHS London CE Office, London Strategic Health Authority

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Dear Mr Hallright

Please find attached letter from Dame Ruth Carnall.

Kind Regards,

Sharon


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Dear Dame Carnall,

thank you for the comprehensive letter dated the 22nd August which reviewed my FOI request.

I have checked my original FOI requests and the wording requesting information about individual Director premia payments was the same for both London and South of England SHAs.
The South of England chose to supply information in bandings of £5,000 identifying individual Directors. London SHA chose to supply precise payment information by anonymised Director.
I then clarified with London SHA my meaning of "individual Director".

Nevertheless, I have reviewed my request in light of the comments and believe I already have the information needed to determine which Executive Directors received premia payments, although I cannot directly match individual premia payments to each Director.

The 15th May London FOI reply LL3167 stated:

“The following applies to Recruitment & retention premias paid to each director for each year 2010/11 and 2011/12:

Executive Director 1: £51,369
Executive Director 2: £36,571
Executive Director 3: £10,713
Executive Director 4: £6,632
Executive Director 5: £5,375”

The 2011/12 London SHA Annual Report shows that out of eight Executive Directors, only five were in post throughout 2010/11 and 2011/12, namely the CEO, Finance Director, Director of People, DPH and Chief Nurse. The equal payments in 2010/11and 2011/12 are only consistent with the five posts described, if premia are paid pro-rata.

Furthermore, a £51,369 premia payment on a basic salary of £213,631 (upper band of £265,000 - £51,369) represents a 24% uplift.
The same £51,369 premia payment on a basic salary of £153,631 (upper band of £205,000 - £51,369) represents a 33% uplift.

The London SHA FOI review stated that VSMPF guidance is that premia should not exceed 30% of basic pay. If these calculations are correct, it is only the CEO remuneration which is consistent with a maximum 30% premia uplift, considering a premia payment of £51,369.

The 2012 NHS pay review body has recently abolished premia payments to some Pharmacy and Estates staff based on a number of criteria and it is public interest to undestand whether local and national premia payments are consistently applied.
This is only possible by knowing the workgroups where premia are applied.

This correspondence is only intended as a clarification and not as a further FOI request.

Yours sincerely,

Gerry Hallright

Dear NHS London CE Office,

I would like to request further information about Director premia payments.

The 15th May London FOI reply LL3167 stated:

“The following applies to Recruitment & retention premias paid to each director for each year 2010/11 and 2011/12:

Executive Director 1: £51,369
Executive Director 2: £36,571
Executive Director 3: £10,713
Executive Director 4: £6,632
Executive Director 5: £5,375”

For each of the above Director posts, is information held and can this be supplied, showing:
1) Whether the payment is local or national

2) Whether the payment is short term or long term

3) What the date of the last review of the payment

4) What minutes, documents, are available detailing the last premia payment review process
If necessary, please consider redacting any documents

5) If the premia payments approved by the Grandparent Department of Health?

6) The minutes of the remuneration committee which dealt with the awarding of the premia payments for the five Executive Director posts.
If necessary, please consider redacting any documents

Yours sincerely,

Gerry Hallright

Kevin O'Flaherty, London Strategic Health Authority

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Dear Mr Hallright,

 

Please find attached a response to your request for information.

 

Regards

 

Kevin O’Flaherty

FOI Team

 

 

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