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

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

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The request was refused by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Dear Leeds Teaching 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

informationgovernance (LEEDS TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS TRUST), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear Ms Lay

We acknowledge receipt of your e-mail requesting information from the Trust under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("the Act"). Please note that whilst the Trust strives to be open and is normally able to satisfy requests in full, the right of access is not absolute and we may therefore have to refuse queries, either in full or in part, on the basis of the exemptions (for example, in cases where disclosure would breach patient confidentiality, or put people in danger). All such decisions will be made, and fully justified, in accordance with the law.

We are required under the Act to respond to valid queries no later than the twentieth working day following receipt. Your request was received on 09/04/2018, which means our deadline for response calculates to 09/05/2018. If we are able to respond to you sooner than this, we will do so.

Should you have any queries or concerns in the meantime, please contact us directly using the e-mail address below - quoting reference number 18-1210

Please note: if, having fully considered your request, we reasonably require further information in order to respond, we will request this from you by e-mail as soon as possible. In all such cases, the above timescales will be disregarded and the 20 working day clock shall instead begin once we have received the necessary clarification. There shall be no duty for us to comply with your request until we receive this information from you.

Kind Regards
Lorna

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informationgovernance (LEEDS TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS TRUST), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear Ms Lay
 
Please find attached herewith a response to your Freedom of Information
query.
 
Kind regards

Lorna

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Kat Lay left an annotation ()

Says response attached but no attachment showing.

Dear informationgovernance (LEEDS TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS TRUST),

I'm afraid you don't seem to have attached your response. Please could you resend it?

Yours sincerely,

Kat Lay

informationgovernance (LEEDS TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS TRUST), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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Apologies - please see attached

Lorna

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