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Dear University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust,
I would like your reporting statistics for the medical staff in the the x-ray department (including Consultants, SAS doctors if any, and registrars) for the year 2018.
If this is not possible, please give me the statistics for the month of July 2018.
To clarify, this would be the numbers of examinations reported by each doctor every day during that month ((e.g. scans as well as plain x-rays).
I understand this information is very easy to retrieve from the PACS system.
If any doctors were on leave during that period, this information should be noted.
I look forward to hearing from you very shortly.
Yours faithfully,
Peter Zimmermann

FOI - Freedom of Information, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

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Our Reference: HM/FOI/40416

 

21 December 2018

 

Peter Zimmermann

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Dear Mr Zimmermann,

 

Request for Information

 

Thank you for your request for information, as sent on Sunday 16 December
2018 and received therefore for logging by the Trust on Monday 17 December
2018.  Within UHL NHS Trust, Freedom of Information Act requests are
managed centrally by the Corporate and Committee Services Team, and I
confirm that your request is now being handled under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

The Trust will endeavour to provide a response within the required 20
working-day deadline.  I will, of course, keep you informed should this
not prove possible for any reason. If we require any clarification on your
request, we will contact you as soon as possible.

 

All requesters are advised that the Trust may make a charge for providing
the information to them, to cover the cost of photocopying, postage and
packaging etc – I confirm that where these costs are below £5.00 in total,
no charge will be made.  All requesters are also advised that there may
also be a charge payable to cover costs of locating the information they
have requested, as laid down in the Freedom of Information Act Regulations
published by the Government in December 2004.  Naturally, if such a charge
is to be applied to your request, you will be informed as soon as
possible.

 

Yours sincerely,

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FOI - Freedom of Information, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

1 Attachment

Corporate and Legal Affairs – Corporate and Committee Services

 

Our Reference: HM/FOI/40416

 

17 January 2019

 

Dear Mr Zimmermann

 

Request for Information

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request, as sent on
Sunday 16 December 2018, received on Monday, 17 December 2018 and
acknowledged on 21 December 2018. For information, the University
Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust is one of the largest and busiest NHS
teaching Trusts in the country incorporating the Leicester Royal
Infirmary, Glenfield and Leicester General Hospitals. Our three hospitals
have around 15,000 staff serving around 1.2 million people across
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and a further two to three million
people from the rest of the UK who come to us for treatment from one of
our specialist services.  During 2017/18 we treated 1,410,500 patients -
that’s 3,864 patients each day.

 

Following consultation with colleagues from the Clinical Support and
Imaging Clinical Management Group, I can confirm that the University
Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust holds information covered by your FOI
request.   In your Freedom of Information Act request, you asked for the
following information and the Trust’s response is provided below following
your request:-  

 

I would like your reporting statistics for the medical staff in the the
x-ray department (including Consultants, SAS doctors if any, and
registrars) for the year 2018.

 

If this is not possible, please give me the statistics for the month of
July 2018.

 

To clarify, this would be the numbers of examinations reported by each
doctor every day during that month ((e.g. scans as well as plain x-rays).

 

If any doctors were on leave during that period, this information should
be noted.

 

The Trust’s response is:-

 

Following consultation with colleagues from the Clinical Support and
Imaging Clinical Management Group, I am advised that the information you
have requested is not held in a readily accessible format.  I am further
advised that a manual review of records would be required in order to
locate, extract and collate information. Each Consultant would require a
report running against the radiology database to identify what they have
reported themselves, then another report running to see what they had
reviewed on behalf of the trainees. This would then need to be compared
against the annual leave charts for each Consultant to identify if the
Consultant was away or not, this would need to be cross referenced against
the study leave planner, and each Consultant’s diary to check they weren’t
in a meeting or training. The same would need to be repeated for the
trainees.

 

I am advised that there are around 140 reporting medical staff (excluding
medica) who report imaging examinations in the Trust. For the month of
July 2018 alone, it is estimated that the length of time it would take to
compare the leave and working pattern with any reporting statistics
retrieved would be over 23 hours (based on an estimate of 10 minutes per
staff member).   If this estimate was extrapolated over the full year
(2018) period covered by your request, the total time estimate would be in
the region of 276 hours – significantly more than the appropriate 18 hour
limit provided for under FOI.  Consequently, and in reliance upon section
12 of the Freedom of Information Act, the Trust will not be processing
your request any further. It may be, however, that if you were to refine
your request the Trust may be able to provide some information to you
within the 18-hour limit.

 

I hope that this response is helpful and provides you with the information
requested (where available). If you require any further assistance please
do not hesitate to contact me.  If you are dissatisfied with the Trust’s
response, you can contact the Director of Corporate and Legal Affairs on
Tel. No. 0116 258 8615 to request a copy of UHL’s Freedom of Information
Act complaints procedure.

 

We must advise you that where we have provided information we have done so
subject to the provisions of the Re-use of Public Sector Information
Regulations 2005.  Accordingly you must not re-use this information
without having the consent of the Trust.  Where the Trust is prepared to
provide its consent then it may levy a charge for doing so. Should you
wish to re-use documents provided then you must make your request in
writing stating your name and your address for correspondence together
with the document that you wish to re-use and the purpose for which the
information is to be re-used.

 

In the event that you remain dissatisfied with the way in which the Trust
has handled any complaint that you may wish to make, we would advise you
of your right to complain to the Information Commissioner at the
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Hina Majeed

Corporate and Committee Services Officer

Hina Majeed
Corporate and Committee Services Officer
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Belgrave House
Leicester General Hospital
Leicester LE5 4QF

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