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Dear NHS England,

Please provide copies of the winning bid for each APMS contract currently
being delivered in Leeds and Bradford.

Yours faithfully,

Anna Gettings

FOI, England (NHS ENGLAND), NHS England

Dear Ms Gettings,  

 

Thank you for your communication dated 16 March 2018.

 

NHS England has assessed your communication as a request under the Freedom
of Information (FOI) Act 2000. As such, please be assured that your
request is being dealt with under the terms of the FOI Act and will be
answered within twenty working days.

 

For further information regarding the FOI Act, please refer to the
Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website. For further information
regarding NHS England and the information it publishes please visit our
website here.

 

If you have any queries about this request or wish to contact us again,
please email [1][NHS England request email] and the message will be
forwarded appropriately. Please remember to quote the above reference
number in any future communications.

 

Please do not reply to this email. This message has been sent from a
central mailbox. To communicate with NHS England regarding Freedom of
Information (FOI) requests, enquiries or complaints we ask these are sent
directly to NHS England’s customer contact centre. This is to ensure all
communications are progressed correctly. Their postal address, telephone
number and email details are as follows:- PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT;
0300 3 11 22 33, [2][NHS England request email].

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Freedom of Information

Corporate Communications Team

Transformation and Corporate Operations Directorate

 

NHS England

PO Box 16738

REDDITCH

B97 9PT

 

Tel: 0300 311 22 33

Email: [3][NHS England request email]

 

‘High quality care for all, now and for future generations’

 

 

 

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FOI, England (NHS ENGLAND), NHS England

Dear Ms. Gettings,

 

Re:     Freedom of Information request (Our Ref: FOI-055976)

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 16 March
2018.

 

Your exact request was:-

 

“Please provide copies of the winning bid for each APMS contract currently
being delivered in Leeds and Bradford.”

 

NHS England holds information in relation to your request.

 

However, to respond to your request as it is currently framed would exceed
the cost limit as set out in Section 12(1) of the FOI Act. Section 12(1)
states that a public authority can refuse a request if complying with it
would exceed the appropriate limit of £450 (which represents 18 hours). 
This represents the estimated cost of one person spending this time in
determining whether the information is held, and locating, retrieving and
extracting the information.

 

There are currently six APMS contracts in place across Leeds and Bradford
(one of these contracts covers three practices). These have either been
procured by the former Leeds and Bradford Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), NHS
England or the respective Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

 

NHS England holds information either electronically or in an offsite
archive where NHS England has led the procurement for four APMS bids.

Each set of bid documents comprise 194 separate documents ranging from one
page to 146 pages in length.

 

It is expected that it will take on average up to five minutes to read
each page, subject to content and length, to ensure that all information
is read and understood.

 

Without opening each of the 194 documents individually it is unknown how
many pages there are in total, however, it is known that the largest
document is 146 pages and therefore a time can be calculated based on this
as follows:

 

146 pages x five minutes (minimum) = 12 hours

 

If it is assumed that the remaining 193 documents are all one page in
length, which is not the case, the following assumed calculation could be
applied:

 

193 pages x five minutes (minimum) = 16 hours

 

This would therefore equate to a minimum of 28 hours to review although in
reality this would be much longer as it is expected that the majority of
documents will be longer than one page.

 

The above does not take into account requesting any information from
archive and the time taken to work through these boxes. Based on a
turnaround time of three working days and a seven and a half hour day this
would equate up to a further 22.5 hours to obtain the information from
archive.  As the number of boxes and volume of the boxes is an unknown, it
is not possible to quantify the time it would take to review the contents.

 

Therefore, to gather the information you have requested would involve a
detailed review of the contents of each of these items, we have estimated
under section 12(1) of the FOI Act that to locate, retrieve and extract
the information requested will take over 18 hours to complete.

 

As a result, this takes over the time and cost threshold in considering an
FOI request and any appropriate action to be taken.

 

Section 12(1) is an absolute exemption therefore we are not required to
assess the public interest test in its application.

 

However, if you were to refine your request for information within more
specific margins, for example, limit the question to a specific
contract(s), then we may be able to continue processing your request.

 

Please note we cannot guarantee that Section 12(1) or any other exemptions
will not apply to any information requested.

 

There is no electronic information held for two of the APMS Contracts and
there is no reference to these on PCT archive listings; therefore NHS
England does not hold any information in relation to these bids.

 

You may wish to contact the local CCGs regarding their procurement of APMS
contracts; you can find CCG contact information on the NHS Choices website
via the following web link:

 

·       [1]http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pag...

 

Copyright: NHS England operates under the terms of the open government
licence. Please see the NHS England Terms and conditions on the following
link:

 

·       [2]http://www.england.nhs.uk/terms-and-cond....

 

We hope this information is helpful. However, if you are dissatisfied, you
have the right to ask for an internal review. This should be requested in
writing within two months of the date of this letter. Your correspondence
should be labelled “Internal Review” and should outline your concerns
and/or the area(s) you would like the review to consider. Internal Review
requests should be sent to:

 

NHS England

PO Box 16738

REDDITCH

B97 9PT

 

Email: [3][NHS England request email]

 

Please quote the reference number FOI-055976 in any future communications.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) can be contacted at:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Email: [4][email address]  

Website: [5]www.ico.org.uk

 

Please note there is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Please be aware that in line with the Information Commissioner’s directive
on the disclosure of information under the FOI Act, your request will be
anonymised and published on our website as part of our disclosure log.

 

Please do not reply to this email. This message has been sent from a
central mailbox. To communicate with NHS England regarding Freedom of
Information (FOI) requests, enquiries or complaints we ask these are sent
directly to NHS England’s customer contact centre. This is to ensure all
communications are progressed correctly. Their postal address, telephone
number and email details are as follows:- PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT;
0300 3 11 22 33, [6][NHS England request email].

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Freedom of Information

Corporate Communications Team

Transformation and Corporate Operations Directorate

 

NHS England

PO Box 16738

REDDITCH

B97 9PT

 

Tel: 0300 311 22 33

Email: [7][NHS England request email]

 

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FOI, England (NHS ENGLAND), NHS England

Dear Ms Gettings,

 

Further to the response to your FOI request below, we can advise you that
the four APMS contracts which NHS England holds information on are:

 

1) The Ridge (Bradford)

2) Thornton & Denholme Medical Practice (Bradford)

3) Shakespeare Community Practice (Leeds)

4) North Street Surgery (Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven)

 

Please do not reply to this email. This message has been sent from a
central mailbox. To communicate with NHS England regarding Freedom of
Information (FOI) requests, enquiries or complaints we ask these are sent
directly to NHS England’s customer contact centre. This is to ensure all
communications are progressed correctly. Their postal address, telephone
number and email details are as follows:- PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT;
0300 3 11 22 33, [1][NHS England request email].

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Freedom of Information

Corporate Communications Team

Transformation and Corporate Operations Directorate

 

NHS England

PO Box 16738

REDDITCH

B97 9PT

 

Tel: 0300 311 22 33

Email: [2][NHS England request email]

 

 

 

 

Dear Ms. Gettings,

 

Re:     Freedom of Information request (Our Ref: FOI-055976)

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 16 March
2018.

 

Your exact request was:-

 

“Please provide copies of the winning bid for each APMS contract currently
being delivered in Leeds and Bradford.”

 

NHS England holds information in relation to your request.

 

However, to respond to your request as it is currently framed would exceed
the cost limit as set out in Section 12(1) of the FOI Act. Section 12(1)
states that a public authority can refuse a request if complying with it
would exceed the appropriate limit of £450 (which represents 18 hours). 
This represents the estimated cost of one person spending this time in
determining whether the information is held, and locating, retrieving and
extracting the information.

 

There are currently six APMS contracts in place across Leeds and Bradford
(one of these contracts covers three practices). These have either been
procured by the former Leeds and Bradford Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), NHS
England or the respective Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

 

NHS England holds information either electronically or in an offsite
archive where NHS England has led the procurement for four APMS bids.

Each set of bid documents comprise 194 separate documents ranging from one
page to 146 pages in length.

 

It is expected that it will take on average up to five minutes to read
each page, subject to content and length, to ensure that all information
is read and understood.

 

Without opening each of the 194 documents individually it is unknown how
many pages there are in total, however, it is known that the largest
document is 146 pages and therefore a time can be calculated based on this
as follows:

 

146 pages x five minutes (minimum) = 12 hours

 

If it is assumed that the remaining 193 documents are all one page in
length, which is not the case, the following assumed calculation could be
applied:

 

193 pages x five minutes (minimum) = 16 hours

 

This would therefore equate to a minimum of 28 hours to review although in
reality this would be much longer as it is expected that the majority of
documents will be longer than one page.

 

The above does not take into account requesting any information from
archive and the time taken to work through these boxes. Based on a
turnaround time of three working days and a seven and a half hour day this
would equate up to a further 22.5 hours to obtain the information from
archive.  As the number of boxes and volume of the boxes is an unknown, it
is not possible to quantify the time it would take to review the contents.

 

Therefore, to gather the information you have requested would involve a
detailed review of the contents of each of these items, we have estimated
under section 12(1) of the FOI Act that to locate, retrieve and extract
the information requested will take over 18 hours to complete.

 

As a result, this takes over the time and cost threshold in considering an
FOI request and any appropriate action to be taken.

 

Section 12(1) is an absolute exemption therefore we are not required to
assess the public interest test in its application.

 

However, if you were to refine your request for information within more
specific margins, for example, limit the question to a specific
contract(s), then we may be able to continue processing your request.

 

Please note we cannot guarantee that Section 12(1) or any other exemptions
will not apply to any information requested.

 

There is no electronic information held for two of the APMS Contracts and
there is no reference to these on PCT archive listings; therefore NHS
England does not hold any information in relation to these bids.

 

You may wish to contact the local CCGs regarding their procurement of APMS
contracts; you can find CCG contact information on the NHS Choices website
via the following web link:

 

·       [3]http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pag...

 

Copyright: NHS England operates under the terms of the open government
licence. Please see the NHS England Terms and conditions on the following
link:

 

·       [4]http://www.england.nhs.uk/terms-and-cond....

 

We hope this information is helpful. However, if you are dissatisfied, you
have the right to ask for an internal review. This should be requested in
writing within two months of the date of this letter. Your correspondence
should be labelled “Internal Review” and should outline your concerns
and/or the area(s) you would like the review to consider. Internal Review
requests should be sent to:

 

NHS England

PO Box 16738

REDDITCH

B97 9PT

 

Email: [5][NHS England request email]

 

Please quote the reference number FOI-055976 in any future communications.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) can be contacted at:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Email: [6][email address]  

Website: [7]www.ico.org.uk

 

Please note there is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Please be aware that in line with the Information Commissioner’s directive
on the disclosure of information under the FOI Act, your request will be
anonymised and published on our website as part of our disclosure log.

 

Please do not reply to this email. This message has been sent from a
central mailbox. To communicate with NHS England regarding Freedom of
Information (FOI) requests, enquiries or complaints we ask these are sent
directly to NHS England’s customer contact centre. This is to ensure all
communications are progressed correctly. Their postal address, telephone
number and email details are as follows:- PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT;
0300 3 11 22 33, [8][NHS England request email].

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Freedom of Information

Corporate Communications Team

Transformation and Corporate Operations Directorate

 

NHS England

PO Box 16738

REDDITCH

B97 9PT

 

Tel: 0300 311 22 33

Email: [9][NHS England request email]

 

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