St Ann’s Hospital
St Ann’s Road
By email: request-458959-
Our Ref: FOI-KL-1286-22.01.18
6 February 2018
Dear John Simcock Re: your application under the Freedom of Information Act for information regarding digital
I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by Barnet, Enfield and Haringey
Mental Health Trust under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 received on 22
You requested the following information:
Are your doctors still currently using dictation recorders with analogue tapes/cassettes?
Do you currently use any digital dictation systems and if so which one(s)?
2a. If yes, which departments use them, how much has been spent on them and what are the start
and end dates of any contracts?
Do you have any current plans to implement a digital dictation system(s)?
3a. If yes, what are the planned timescales, has a budget been allocated and which procurement
route will you use?
3b. Do you have a corporate or departmental strategy/approach for procuring these systems?
We have dealt with your request under section 1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act which
entitles you to be provided with any information held by a public authority, unless an appropriate
Please find below our response:
1. Some staff use analogue tapes.
2. The Trust uses Big Hand for its digital dictation system across all departments. Maintenance
costs are c£23k per annum. The current contract commenced in January 2011 and is due to
expire in February 2019.
3. As above.
Chairman: Michael Fox
Chief Executive: Maria Kane.
4. Please see website for details of how the Trust procures its services. I attach a link to the page. http://www.beh-mht.nhs.uk/procurement.htm
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r write to: Information Policy Team, The National Archives, Kew,
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The Trust provides a complaints procedure for the Freedom of Information Act and if you are not
satisfied with the response, you should write to the Chief Executive at the address shown at the top
of this letter.
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the complaints procedure, you can appeal to the
Information Commissioner, who will consider whether the Trust has complied with its obligations
under the Act, and can require the Trust to remedy any problems. You can find out more about
how to do this, and about the Act in general, on the Information Commissioner’s website at: www.ico.org.uk.
Complaints to the Information Commissioner should be sent to: First Contact
Team, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
Corporate Services Manager