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Dress code (uniform) policies in mental health and elsewhere

Helen Bright made this Freedom of Information request to London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

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Dear London North West Healthcare NHS Trust,

This is a formal request under FOIA.

Please, provide copies of:

1. Dress code (uniform) policies in force in:

a) mental health
b) elsewhere (medical, surgical, children's wards, elderly)

2. Copies of any old policies as in a) and b) above.

3. National dress code you received from Department of Health and any correspondence related to it.

Thanking you for your kind attention.

Yours faithfully,

Helen Bright

FOI (LONDON NORTH WEST HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST), London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

Dear Miss Bright,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request which we have received on the 26th August 2015.

I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and you should expect a response by the 24th September.

Your reference number is 489-15

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours faithfully,

Interim Freedom of Information Officer
London North West Healthcare
[email address]

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FOI (LONDON NORTH WEST HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST), London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

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Dear Ms Bright

FOI 489-15

London North West Healthcare NHS Trust is writing in response to your email dated 26th August

You are seeking;

1. Dress code (uniform) policies in force in:

a) mental health
b) elsewhere (medical, surgical, children's wards, elderly)

2. Copies of any old policies as in a) and b) above.

3. National dress code you received from Department of Health and any correspondence related to it.

In response

London North West Healthcare NHS Trust was formed as a result of a merge between North West London Hospitals and Ealing Hospital.

The draft Dress Code policy for the new organisation has been seen out last week for comments. The draft was also presented to the Professional Nursing and Midwifery group meeting last week. As such it is in draft and exempt from disclosure at this time in accordance with the FOI exemption at section 22, 'information intended for future publication'.

We have attached a copy of the historic dress code policy for North West London, but this cannot be quoted or relied upon as it is under review as explained above.

We trust this completes your request and thank you for your interest in London North West Healthcare NHS Trust

If you wish to re-use the information that we provide and you do not specify this in your initial application for information then you must make a further request for its re-use as per the Re- Use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 www.opsi.gov.uk<http://www.opsi.gov.uk. This will not affect your initial information request.
If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to Information Governance Manager, London North West Healthcare Trust, Watford Road, Harrow, HA1 3UJ or Email:- [email address]<mailto:[email address]
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*May we kindly ask that you complete the attached satisfaction questionnaire for feedback on this response and return back to [email address]<mailto:[email address]

Thank you

Kind regards,

Interim Freedom of Information Officer
London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
[email address]

Incorporating the Community Services of Brent, Ealing and Harrow

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Dear Interim Data Controller, (what is your name, please?)

Thank you for the information provided so far.

Just if you could clarify, please, is that the only policy ever?

It is helpful to know that after at least 8 more people committed suicide than usual when uniformed nun was employed as a social worker in community mental health team in Harrow, and fifteen years later, now the trust is considering dress code policy as if nothing happened untoward.

You may wish to communicate these research findings to those who are looking at the draft:
http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInform...

I should be grateful if you could provide the copy of the document(s) that accompanied the guidance from Department of health on workwear. It may have been sent to CEOs in 2007.

Yours sincerely,

Helen Bright

FOI (LONDON NORTH WEST HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST), London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

Dear Ms Bright,

Thank you for your email received as below,

I have passed this on to my colleague to look further into and will update you with a reply in due course.

Kind regards,

Interim Freedom of Information Officer
London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
[email address]

Incorporating the Community Services of Brent, Ealing and Harrow

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Dear Interim Freedom of Information Officer

Thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Helen Bright

FOI (LONDON NORTH WEST HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST), London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

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Dear Ms Bright,

 

The Trust is responding to your email received on the 9th September in
response to your Freedom of Information request reference 489-15.

 

Our response is shown below:-

 

Please accept my apologies in our delay in responding as due to staff
leave we were unable to locate the information sourced until their return.

 

·         Please find attached , the legacy Trusts old policies for Ealing
Hospital / Dress code and Uniform Policy  and Brent NHS – Dress code
Policy and the Dress code policy for North West London Hospitals
(previously sent).

 

·         Further to your request,  we have attached a copy of  Department
of Health guidance on uniform policy that was referenced  in the Trust
policies (see DH link).

 

[1]http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.u...

 

We trust that this is now complete and thank you for your interest in
London North West Healthcare NHS Trust

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Interim FOI Officer

London North West Healthcare NHS Trust

[2][email address]

 

 

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Helen Bright <[3][FOI #288145 email]>

 

Dear Interim Data Controller, (what is your name, please?)

 

Thank you for the information provided so far.

 

Just if you could clarify, please, is that the only policy ever?

 

It is helpful to know that after at least 8 more people committed suicide
than usual when uniformed nun was employed as a social worker in community
mental health team in Harrow, and fifteen years later, now the trust is
considering dress code policy as if nothing happened untoward.

 

You may wish to communicate these research findings to those who are
looking at the draft:

[4]http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInform...

 

I should be grateful if you could provide the copy of the document(s) that
accompanied the guidance from Department of health on workwear. It may
have been sent to CEOs in 2007.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Helen Bright

 

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