Disciplinary proceedings over NHS staff using social media or instant messaging apps

Kat Lay made this Freedom of Information request to Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust as part of a batch sent to 225 authorities

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Dear Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust,

I am writing with a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I would like this information for the calendar year to date, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

Please can you tell me:

*How many people working at the trust have been subject to disciplinary proceedings for their use of instant messaging apps (e.g. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat)?

*How many people working at the trust have been subject to disciplinary proceedings for their use of social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)?

*Please tell me, for each case, the job title of the staff member concerned (e.g. junior doctor, consultant, nurse, administrative staff) and which sanctions were applied (e.g. dismissal, formal warning, referral to professional regulator).

I would prefer to receive the information electronically, and in either Excel or CSV format.

Should this request be likely to breach the costs limit set out in section 12 of the FOI Act, I would like the information for the most recent calendar years in turn, going backwards until the cost limit is reached.

Yours faithfully,

Kat Lay
Health Correspondent
The Times
020 7782 5054 // 07775 694 789

SWBH-GM-FOIRequests (SANDWELL AND WEST BIRMINGHAM HOSPITALS NHS TRUST), Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Thank you for your freedom of information request received on 9th April 2018 (below).

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days after the date of receipt as defined by the Act, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party. In some circumstances we may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised timescale at the earliest opportunity.

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Kind regards.

Clare Dooley
Head of Corporate Governance/Trust Board Secretary
/ 0121 507 3837
 07970 229794
[email address]
c Trust Headquarters, Health and Wellbeing Centre, Sandwell General Hospital, Lyndon, West Bromwich B71 4HJ

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SWBH-GM-FOIRequests (SANDWELL AND WEST BIRMINGHAM HOSPITALS NHS TRUST), Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in providing the response to your freedom of information request, due to internal capacity issues. I am in the process of ensuring all responses that are outstanding are provided within the next 10 working days.

With kind regards.

Clare Dooley
Head of Corporate Governance/Trust Board Secretary
/ 0121 507 3837
 07970 229794
[email address]
c Trust Headquarters, Health and Wellbeing Centre, Sandwell General Hospital, Lyndon, West Bromwich B71 4HJ

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