CAHMS treatment

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To whom it may concern,

I would like to make the following request under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

1) Could you please tell me the number of people referred to CAMHS services at your trust in both 2019 and so far this year, broken down by month?

2) Could you further tell me the number of people actually starting treatment at CAMHS services at your trust in 2019, and so far this year, broken down by month?

3) Could you tell me how many of the people who started treatment in 2019 did it online? And similarly, how many of the people who started in 2020 did so online?

4) Finally, could you tell me how many people are currently on a waiting list for CAMHS treatment, and how that compares to the same point last year?

If you feel that this request is likely to breach any cost limits, please disregard point 1) above.

If it is still likely to breach limits, disregard point 3)

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Thompson

Dear Mr Thompson

We acknowledge receipt of your request and are processing it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

However, due to the ongoing CORONAVIRUS pandemic, the Trust is facing numerous challenges, including pressures in maintaining staffing levels. The Trust will endeavour to respond to your request for information that the Trust holds within the statutory 20-working-day period, however, this may not always be possible. As you will appreciate, the Trust is prioritising the delivery of healthcare and focusing its resources on making sure that service users are receiving the treatment and care needed. This means that staff who would usually assist with responding to information requests are focusing the majority of their time and attention to this in order to ensure that our service users are well looked after. Unfortunately, this may mean that there could be a delay in providing you with the information that you have requested. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is aware of these understandable delays and has stated that it will not penalise organisations, such as the Trust, that need to prioritise their resource within other areas or adapt their usual approach during this time.

Thank you for your understanding.

Kind regards

Information Governance and Medico Legal Team
Informatics Department
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

St Nicholas Hospital
Jubilee Road
Gosforth
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE3 3XT

Email: [email address]
Web: www.cntw.nhs.uk

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From: Matthew Thompson[SMTP: ]
Sent: 12 November 2020 12:55:40
To: FOI
Subject: Freedom of Information request - CAHMS treatment Auto forwarded by a Rule

To whom it may concern,

I would like to make the following request under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

1) Could you please tell me the number of people referred to CAMHS services at your trust in both 2019 and so far this year, broken down by month?

2) Could you further tell me the number of people actually starting treatment at CAMHS services at your trust in 2019, and so far this year, broken down by month?

3) Could you tell me how many of the people who started treatment in 2019 did it online? And similarly, how many of the people who started in 2020 did so online?

4) Finally, could you tell me how many people are currently on a waiting list for CAMHS treatment, and how that compares to the same point last year?

If you feel that this request is likely to breach any cost limits, please disregard point 1) above.

If it is still likely to breach limits, disregard point 3)

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Thompson

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Dear Mr Thompson

Please find attached our answers to Questions 1, 2 and 4 of your Freedom of Information request. We have no means of answering Question 3 within the Section 12 appropriate limit.

Please note that the information provided is the property of Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and subject to Intellectual Property and Database Rights. Any commercial application or use of this information may be subject to the provisions of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005.

This means that if you wish to re-use the information provided for commercial purposes for any reason you must seek the expressed consent of Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust. Any documents re-used for any purpose without expressed consent and the payment of an appropriate fee will be a breach of Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. To obtain access to information; and/or obtain consent for the re-use of copyright documents; and/or details of fees; please write to:

Head of Information Governance and Medico Legal,
Informatics Department
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust,
St Nicholas Hospital, Jubilee Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3XT
Email: [email address]

If you are not satisfied with the Trust’s response to your request you may ask us to review it. If you wish to do this, please write to the Information Governance Manager enclosing a copy of your original request and explaining your complaint.

Kind regards

Information Governance and Medico Legal Team
Informatics Department
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

St Nicholas Hospital
Jubilee Road
Gosforth
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE3 3XT

Email: [email address]
Web: www.cntw.nhs.uk

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