Approach of HCPC Chair to governance and spending - second request

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Dear Health and Care Professions Council,

I would like to request the following details under FOI:

What recruitment process was followed to recruit Ms Safia Iman and Mr Steve Hollyhead, who I understand are two further consultants the HCPC has brought in to the transformation team. What are their daily/weekly/monthly rates, when did they start at the HCPC and when do their contracts end.

As Gordon Dixon and Steve Hollyhead are both directors at the same organisation (SSG Health) which could be a conflict of interests, I would also like to know about Christine Elliott, Sean Sullivan, Claire Holt, Gordon Dixon, Safia Iman and Steve Hollyhead’s current or historic working or business relationships (aside from that I’ve already stated or current work at the HCPC).

I would also like you to outline how the transformation plan taken to Council in September 2019 varies compared to the information/options presented to Council in December 2018, or the work already in process at the HCPC. This is with a view to understanding how this colossal spending, paid for by registrants, is being justified.

Yours faithfully,

Louise James

FOI, Health and Care Professions Council

Dear Ms James

 

Thank you for your email of 8 October 2019, in which you ask questions in
relation to the HCPC’s governance and spending.

 

We are treating this as a request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA).

 

We will deal with your request as promptly as possible and at the latest,
within 20 working days of receiving it, as required by the FOIA. If you
have any queries about your request please do contact us using this email
address, or the address below.

 

The reference number for your request is FR06414.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information

 

Health and Care Professions Council

Park House, 184 – 186 Kennington Park Road

London SE11 4BU

[1]www.hcpc-uk.org 

 

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FOI, Health and Care Professions Council

Our Ref. FR06414

 

 

Dear Ms James

 

Thank you for your email of 8 October 2019, in which you ask questions in
relation to the HCPC’s governance and spending.

 

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

 

Please find below our response to your questions.

 

What recruitment process was followed to recruit Ms Safia Iman and Mr
Steve Hollyhead, who I understand are two further consultants the HCPC has
brought in to the transformation team. What are their daily/weekly/monthly
rates, when did they start at the HCPC and when do their contracts end.

 

We consider that this information is the personal data of the individual
staff member and as such is exempt from disclosure under Section 40(2) of
the FOIA. The exemption in section 40(2) of the FOIA applies to personal
data which relates to a third party. Disclosure of this information would
breach the principles of data protection set out in Article 5(1) of the
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in particular principle (a)
that personal data should be processed fairly and lawfully.

 

As Gordon Dixon and Steve Hollyhead are both directors at the same
organisation (SSG Health) which could be a conflict of interests, I would
also like to know about Christine Elliott, Sean Sullivan, Claire Holt,
Gordon Dixon, Safia Iman and Steve Hollyhead’s current or historic working
or business relationships (aside from that I’ve already stated or current
work at the HCPC).

 

This information is not held by the HCPC.

 

I would also like you to outline how the transformation plan taken to
Council in September 2019 varies compared to the information/options
presented to Council in December 2018, or the work already in process at
the HCPC. This is with a view to understanding how this colossal spending,
paid for by registrants, is being justified.

 

We do not hold a comparison analysis of the two documents presented to
Council and under the FOIA we are not obliged to produce one. We are
unable to release a copy of the plan and options presented to Council in
December 2018 and September 2019. We consider that this information is
exempt from disclosure under Section 36 of the FOIA. The exemption in
Section 36(2)(c) applies to information that would otherwise prejudice, or
would be likely to prejudice, the effective conduct of public affairs.

 

The public interest test must be applied in relation to certain exemptions
under the FOIA. The test requires that the public interest in maintaining
the exemption (refusing to disclose the information) should be weighed
against the public interest in disclosing the information. The public
interest test must be considered in relation to Section 36.

 

In this case, the public interest factors in favour of disclosure are that
the disclosure would promote transparency in the work being undertaken by
the transformation team and would assist with holding the HCPC accountable
for effective project delivery. The factors in favour of withholding this
information are that the disclosure would be likely to prejudice effective
discussions at Council. Specific details about the transformation project
are considered by the Council at private session only as they are matters
that will impact the effective running of the organisation.

 

Having considered all of these factors, we have decided that the public
interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in
disclosing it.

 

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handled, you can request a review by writing to:

 

Governance Department

Health and Care Professions Council

Park House

184 - 186 Kennington Park Road

London

SE11 4BU

 

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If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
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Telephone: 0303 123 1113 

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There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Kind regards

 

Freedom of Information

 

Health and Care Professions Council

Park House, 184 - 186 Kennington Park Road

London SE11 4BU

[3]www.hcpc-uk.org

 

 

Please consider the environment before printing this email

 

Correspondence is welcome in English or Welsh / Gallwch ohebu yn Gymraeg
neu Saesneg.

 

 

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