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Accreditation with the NHS Rainbow Badge Scheme

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Dear Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,

I understand the Trust is a member of the NHS Rainbow Badge scheme. In relation to this:

1. Please supply a copy of all hospital policies that have been submitted to the accrediting
organisation for assessment and any that have been changed in relation to this assessment,
including HR policies and any related to patient care.

2. Please could you explain what benefits the hospital expects to gain from accreditation.

3. Please disclose all costs related to achieving NHS Rainbow Badge status, including staff
costs and the costs of all branded materials supplied and used including rainbow badges
and lanyards issued to staff, flags, rainbow painting of road crossings, rainbow road signs at
the road crossings and any other branded signage and staff costs related to any public or
staff surveys for the purpose of the accreditation.

4. Please supply the names of all external groups consulted by the Trust in relation to the
accreditation process and at any stage before, during or after the process.

5. Please supply copies of all equality impact assessments carried out by the Trust in
relation to the accreditation process.

Yours faithfully,

Rita Rake

FREEDOMOFINFORMATION (ROYAL SURREY COUNTY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.
I am unhappy with the responses you have provided to my Freedom of Information request and I am writing to request an internal review of Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust's handling of my FOI request 'Accreditation with the NHS Rainbow Badge Scheme'.

Please see my original request. My comments on your response using the numbering set out therein are as follows:

1. I asked you to supply a copy of all hospital policies that have been submitted to the accrediting organisation for assessment. You responded that the assessment is still ongoing.
In order for assessment to be ongoing, policies must by definition have already been submitted. My request was to see what had been submitted. The stage of the assessment is irrelevant to my request. Please review your decision not to supply the information requested and provide details of the policies that have been submitted to date, any feedback which you have received to date on these policies and any changes proposed by the accrediting organisation which are under consideration by the Trust.

2. I asked you to explain the benefits the Trust expects to gain from accreditation.
As a publicly funded body, the proposal to allocate spending on the project to gain accreditation must have received financial sign off.. Can you please review your decision and provide details of the stated benefits which accompanied the financial proposal to apply for accreditation.

3. . I asked you to supply details of the specific costs related to achieving NHS Rainbow badge approval.
You have cited the likelihood of prejudice to a third party's commercial interests. As you may be aware, ICO guidance states "When a public authority wants to withhold information on the basis that to disclose the information would or would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of a third party, it must have evidence that this does in fact represent the concerns of that third party. It is not sufficient for the public authority to speculate on the prejudice which may be caused to the third party by the disclosure."
Moreover, as you may be aware, ICO guidance states that the authority should provide full details of the public interest test and how its conclusions were reached. You have not provided any details of the public interest test you have carried out. Can you please provide these details. Please review this decision, and, if the exemption is upheld, demonstrate stronger evidence that this disclosure 'would, or would be likely to' prejudice the concerns of the third party.

4. I asked you to supply the names of all external groups *at any stage before, during or after the process*.
You have noted that the process is not complete, but you have not provided details of external groups consulted so far during the process as I requested. Can you please review your decision and provide details of these groups.

5. I asked you to supply details of all equality impact assessments carried out by the Trust.
You state that the process is ongoing and not complete. I assume equality impact assessments were produced in order to make the submissions which you have acknowledged have already been made as part of the ongoing process ( see 1 above). Can you please review your decision and provide details of these equality impact assessments.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Rita Rake

FREEDOMOFINFORMATION (ROYAL SURREY COUNTY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Ms Rake,

 

Please find attached the response to your Internal Review request.

 

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Team

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Dear Requester,

 

Thank you for your email. We will review your request and get back to you
as soon as possible.

 

 

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Team

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