Brexit Assessments

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Dear NHS National Services Scotland,

This is a Freedom of Information request. I am interested in information from held by your organisation that relates to the process of planning and preparing for a possible future when the UK may not be a member of the European Union ("Brexit").

In particular:

1. How much has been spent on external consultants or support to advise on the implications and consequences of brexit, or recommend actions to mitigate any possible brexit impacts? If spend has occurred, please confirm the name of the supplier or suppliers and copies of any material produced by this process.

2. Please supply copies of any brexit planning documentation held by the organisation or consumed by senior management. This may include, but should not be limited to, Risk Assessments, Action Plans, Meeting minutes, Reports and presentations.

3. Please supply technical or advisory briefing documentation on brexit that has been produced by the organisation and supplied to other government agencies or bodies.

4. Please supply copies of any technical or advisory documentation that has been supplied to the agency from other public bodies that relates to Brexit contingency planning.

5. Please supply details of any assessment that has been made of the financial impact on the organisation, either positive or negative, of the brexit process. Has the organisation set-aside a contingency fund or invested as a direct consequence of the brexit process? If so, please provide summary details.

Please provide the requested information in electronic format. I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Ally Tibbitt

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FOI (NHS NATIONAL SERVICES SCOTLAND),

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Dear Mr Tibbitt,

 

Freedom of Information Reference: FOI-2018-000330

 

I refer to your freedom of information request which we received on 22^nd
September 2018, requesting the following information:

 

·         I am interested in information from held by your organisation
that relates to the process of planning and preparing for a possible
future when the UK may not be a member of the European Union ("Brexit").

 

In particular:

 

1.    How much has been spent on external consultants or support to advise
on the implications and consequences of brexit, or recommend actions to
mitigate any possible brexit impacts? If spend has occurred, please
confirm the name of the supplier or suppliers and copies of any material
produced by this process.

 

2.    Please supply copies of any brexit planning documentation held by
the organisation or consumed by senior management. This may include, but
should not be limited to, Risk Assessments, Action Plans, Meeting minutes,
Reports and presentations.

 

3.    Please supply technical or advisory briefing documentation on brexit
that has been produced by the organisation and supplied to other
government agencies or bodies.

 

4.    Please supply copies of any technical or advisory documentation that
has been supplied to the agency from other public bodies that relates to
Brexit contingency planning.

 

5.    Please supply details of any assessment that has been made of the
financial impact on the organisation, either positive or negative, of the
brexit process. Has the organisation set-aside a contingency fund or
invested as a direct consequence of the brexit process? If so, please
provide summary details.

 

 

I confirm that under the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act 2002, a response to your information request will be sent within 20
working days of receipt, i.e. no later than 22^nd October 2018.

 

Many thanks and kindest regards,

 

Roddy

 

 

Roddy Mitchell

Corporate Records & FOI Organisational Lead

Strategy & Governance Directorate

 

NHS National Services Scotland

Area 027

Gyle Square

1 South Gyle Crescent

Edinburgh, EH12 9EB

 

T: + 44 (0) 131 314 5604

 

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FOI (NHS NATIONAL SERVICES SCOTLAND),

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Dear Mr. Tibbitt,

 

Freedom of Information Reference: FOI-2018-000330

 

Thank you for your request of 22^nd September 2018 asking for the
following information:

 

I am interested in information from held by your organisation that relates
to the process of planning and preparing for a possible future when the UK
may not be a member of the European Union ("Brexit").

 

In particular:

 

1.    How much has been spent on external consultants or support to advise
on the implications and consequences of brexit, or recommend actions to
mitigate any possible brexit impacts? If spend has occurred, please
confirm the name of the supplier or suppliers and copies of any material
produced by this process.

 

2.    Please supply copies of any brexit planning documentation held by
the organisation or consumed by senior management. This may include, but
should not be limited to, Risk Assessments, Action Plans, Meeting minutes,
Reports and presentations.

 

3.    Please supply technical or advisory briefing documentation on brexit
that has been produced by the organisation and supplied to other
government agencies or bodies.

 

4.    Please supply copies of any technical or advisory documentation that
has been supplied to the agency from other public bodies that relates to
Brexit contingency planning.

 

5.    Please supply details of any assessment that has been made of the
financial impact on the organisation, either positive or negative, of the
brexit process. Has the organisation set-aside a contingency fund or
invested as a direct consequence of the brexit process? If so, please
provide summary details.

 

 

I confirm that NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) holds information in
relation to your request as detailed in our response to your questions
below:

1.    How much has been spent on external consultants or support to advise
on the implications and consequences of brexit, or recommend actions to
mitigate any possible brexit impacts? If spend has occurred, please
confirm the name of the supplier or suppliers and copies of any material
produced by this process.

 

There has been a zero spend within NSS on external consultants or support
to advise on the implications and consequences of Brexit, or recommend
actions to mitigate any possible Brexit impacts.

 

2.    Please supply copies of any brexit planning documentation held by
the organisation or consumed by senior management. This may include, but
should not be limited to, Risk Assessments, Action Plans, Meeting minutes,
Reports and presentations.

 

NSS has attached the following documents in our answer to Question 2:

 

·         2018 09 26 Risk 4561 Brexit

·         Impact of BREXIT on HPS work with European Centre for Disease
Prevention and Control

·         Consultation on retained EU law regarding food and feed safety

 

NSS has published a Board Paper around EU withdrawal and have applied the
Section 25 Exemption “Information Otherwise Accessible” as this
information is currently available from our website. This document can be
found at the following URL:

 

[1]https://nhsnss.org/media/2945/b1883-eu-w...

 

The following documents have been redacted after applying the Section 38
Exemption “Personal Information”. Section 38 has been applied to these
documents in order to redact staff names and contact details. There is no
expectation for staff of this level to have their names and or direct
contact details released into the public domain, and doing so would cause
harm to the members of staff.

 

This exemption is subject to the Public Interest Test and NSS has
concluded that there is no benefit to the public in releasing these names,
and or direct contact details, as they are in no way related to the
context of the correspondence and that there is no expectation to release
this information in to the public domain.

 

·         Brexit and EBA Membership_Redacted

·        
2018-09-14-NSS_Response_to_SG_Operational_Preparidness_Checklist_Redacted

·         180830 PCF Return_Redacted

·         2018-09-05 HR Response to NHS Scotland Board Operational
Readiness checklist - June 2018_Redacted

 

3.    Please supply technical or advisory briefing documentation on brexit
that has been produced by the organisation and supplied to other
government agencies or bodies.

 

NSS has attached the following document in our answer to Question 3:

 

·         letter to health & sport committee Oct 2018_Redacted

 

4.    Please supply copies of any technical or advisory documentation that
has been supplied to the agency from other public bodies that relates to
Brexit contingency planning. 

 

NSS has attached the following documents in our answer to Question 4:

 

·         LETTER - PG - EU CITIZENS WORKING IN NHS SCOTLAND - 7 JULY 2017

·         2018 09 27 LETTER FROM JEANE FREEMAN MSP (2)

·         Draft ToR Brexit Health Alliance v2

·         Discussion paper - work priorities Brexit Health Alliance v5

·         20181004 Ltr OUT to SNBTS

 

NSS were made aware of the following publication on the UK Parliament
website by the Scottish Government and have applied the Section 25
Exemption “Information Otherwise Accessible”. This information is
currently available from their website:

 

[2]https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm...

 

NSS have applied Section 3(2)(a)(ii) of the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 “Information supplied in confidence by the UK
Government” to information it has received from the Department of Health.
This information is not “held” as it is held in confidence, having been
supplied by a department of the UK Government.

 

More information on Section 3(2)(a)(ii) can be found within the Scottish
Information Commissioner’s Section 28 “[3]Relations within the United
Kingdom” Exemption Guidance on pages 3 & 4, paragraphs 24 through 27.

 

Under the legislation NSS are obliged to apply the Section 17 Exemption
“Information Not Held” and advise that you request this information from
the UK Government under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 using the
following URL:

 

[4]https://www.gov.uk/make-a-freedom-of-inf...

 

NSS has also applied the Section 32(1)(a) “International Relations”
Exemption to information that we hold as disclosure would prejudice
substantially the relations between the UK and the European Union, the
interests of the UK abroad; and the promotion or protection by the UK of
its interests abroad.

 

We have also applied the Section 33(2)(a) “The Economic Interests of the
United Kingdom” Exemption to information that we hold as disclosure would,
or would be likely to, prejudice substantially the economic interests of
the whole or part of the UK.

 

Both the Section 32 and 33 Exemptions are also subject to the Public
Interest Test and NSS has determined that there is no interest to the
public in releasing information that would detrimentally affect the UK’s
relationship with member states of the European Union in relation to
negotiations being held between the European Union and the UK.

 

5.    Please supply details of any assessment that has been made of the
financial impact on the organisation, either positive or negative, of the
brexit process. Has the organisation set-aside a contingency fund or
invested as a direct consequence of the brexit process? If so, please
provide summary details.

 

As detailed in our answer to Question 2 NSS has generated a Board Paper
around EU withdrawal and can be found at the following URL:

 

[5]https://nhsnss.org/media/2945/b1883-eu-w...

 

 

I hope the attached information is helpful to you and please do not
hesitate to contact me on if I can be of any further assistance.

 

If you are unhappy with any aspect of how we have dealt with your request
you can make representations to us asking us to review the handling of
your request.  Please write to the

 

Associate Director of Corporate Affairs and Compliance

NHS National Services Scotland

Headquarters

Gyle Square

1 South Gyle Crescent

Edinburgh

EH12 9EB

 

within 40 working days of the date of this correspondence.

 

If after a review you are still unhappy, you also have the right to apply
to the Scottish Information Commissioner, who can be contacted at Kinburn
Castle, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS, or via their [6]online Appeal form.

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me at the above
address.

 

Many thanks and kindest regards,

 

Roddy

 

 

Roddy Mitchell

Corporate Records & FOI Organisational Lead

Strategy & Governance Directorate

 

NHS National Services Scotland

Area 027

Gyle Square

1 South Gyle Crescent

Edinburgh, EH12 9EB

 

T: + 44 (0) 131 314 5604

 

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