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

Kat Lay made this Freedom of Information request to Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust as part of a batch sent to 225 authorities

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was partially successful.

Dear Humber NHS Foundation 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

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FOI (HUMBER NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Ms Lay

I trust my response has covered all the information which you requested. Sorry for the delay.

The information we have provided to you is copyrighted to the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust and provided to you free of charge for your personal use or for other specific uses permitted in the Copyright Act. If however you wish to use the information we have provided for any commercial purposes including the sale of the information to a third party then, under the Regulations on the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005, you must ask us for permission to do so in respect of each specific piece of such information. If we do grant such permission this may involve a licensing arrangement which may attract a fee.

All information provided under Freedom of Information is deemed to be in the public domain. The Information Commissioner requires as good practice that organisations make public, information provided from Freedom of Information requests. The Trust will therefore place a copy of this response on its website, www.humber.nhs.uk. This is to help anyone who may have a similar enquiry. No personal information about you, such as your name or email address will be shown on this posting.

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Yours sincerely

Information Governance and Legal Services

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