EPRR Patient care and support services

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William Wetherell

Dear Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust,

I am conducting a study of the emergency preparedness of NHS Acute Trusts in England. I am using the emergency and disaster management module of the Hospital Safety Index checklist of the World Health Organisation. The study is part of an MSc in Crisis & Disaster Management at the University of Portsmouth.

Following a recent Information Commissioner’s decision, given here:

https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-tak...

I am writing regarding my final request for information about the Trust’s EPRR as part of my study. I would prefer to obtain this information under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in order to ensure that all the information is cleared by the Trust to be made publicly available. However, if you wish I am happy to discuss my request directly. My e-mail address is [email address] .

Please note that this is a different request from my previous requests: “EPRR Coordination of emergency and disaster management activities”, “EPRR Planning”, “EPRR Communication and information management”, “EPRR Human Resources” and “EPRR Logistics”. Please also note I am making this request more than 60 working days after my request “EPRR Logistics”.

My final request is given below:

I am writing to request the following information. This information relates to the NHS England Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response Framework in general and section 10, “Cycle of preparedness”, in particular.

Please note that much of the information requested is only records of the existence of current procedures, training, resources and tests, and not the contents of the procedures, training, resources and tests themselves.

For clarity, to minimise the cost of my request and to prevent the disclosure of any sensitive information, I have enumerated the information I am requesting and specified how it could be provided.

If you do not hold some of this information then I ask you to confirm explicitly that you do not hold it.

Given the potentially sensitive nature of this information, I ask you to redact any exempt information instead of refusing disclosure. This would be in accordance with guidance on best practice from the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Patient care and support services

Continuity of essential clinical support services

1. Any record of whether procedures exist to ensure operational continuity of essential clinical support or ancillary services (e.g. laboratory, radiology, pharmacy) during emergencies and disasters. (Can be answered yes / no.)

2. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above procedures. (Can be answered yes / no.)

3. Any record of whether resources to implement the above procedures can be mobilized at all times. (Can be answered yes / no.)

Expansion of usable space for mass casualty incidents

4. Any record of whether procedures and resources exist to expand space and provide access to extra beds in mass casualty incidents. (Can be answered yes / no.)

5. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above procedures. (Can be answered yes / no.)

6. The date(s) of the most recent test(s) of the above procedures. (Can be answered with a date or dates.)

Triage for major emergencies and disasters

7. Any record of whether space has been designated and procedures exist to carry out triage during emergencies and disasters. (Can be answered yes / no.)

8. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above procedures. (Can be answered yes / no.)

9. The date(s) of the most recent test(s) of the above procedures. (Can be answered with a date or dates.)

Triage tags for mass casualty incidents

10. Any record the existence of triage tags for mass casualty incidents. (Can be answered yes / no.)

System for referral, transfer and reception of patients

11. Any record of whether procedures exist for the reception, referral and transfer of patients to and from other health facilities within and outside the geographical area where the hospital is located during emergencies and disasters. (Can be answered yes / no.)

12. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above procedures. (Can be answered yes / no.)

13. The date(s) of the most recent test(s) of the above procedures. (Can be answered with a date or dates.)

Infection surveillance, prevention and control procedures

14. Any record of whether procedures exist for infection prevention and control during emergencies and disasters. (Can be answered yes / no.)

15. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above procedures. (Can be answered yes / no.)

16. Any record of whether resources are available for implementation of the above procedures. (Can be answered yes / no.)

Psychosocial services

17. Any record of whether procedures exist for provision of psychosocial support, assessment and treatment services to patients, families and staff during emergencies and disasters. (Can be answered yes / no.)

18. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above procedures. (Can be answered yes / no.)

19. Any record of whether resources are available for implementation of the above procedures. (Can be answered yes / no.)

Thank you for all your assistance with this study.

Yours faithfully

William Wetherell

FOI, Rf (ROYAL FREE LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Dear William Wetherell

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act. The reference for this request is noted in the subject header above.

You will receive a response from us within 20 working days of receipt or an explanation as to why this is not possible.
Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Team
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

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  Royal Free London Group Headquarters

Anne Bryans House

77 Fleet Road

London NW3 2QH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Dear William Wetherell

 

Thank you for submitting a request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  Please find the response below.  This response
covers the hospitals and services managed by the Royal Free London NHS
Foundation Trust, namely the Royal Free Hospital, Barnet Hospital and
Chase Farm Hospital and associated group services.  

 

The response

I am writing to request the following information.  This information
relates to the NHS England Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response
Framework in general and section 10, “Cycle of preparedness”, in
particular.

 

Patient care and support services

Continuity of essential clinical support services

 

 1. Any record of whether procedures exist to ensure operational
continuity of essential clinical support or ancillary services (e.g.,
laboratory, radiology, pharmacy) during emergencies and disasters. 
(Can be answered yes / no.)

Yes

 

 2. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above
procedures.  (Can be answered yes / no)

Yes

 

 3. Any record of whether resources to implement the above procedures can
be mobilized at all times.  (Can be answered yes / no.)

Yes

 

Expansion of usable space for mass casualty incidents

 

 4. Any record of whether procedures and resources exist to expand space
and provide access to extra beds in mass casualty incidents.  (Can be
answered yes / no.)

Yes

 

 5. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above
procedures.  (Can be answered yes / no.)

Yes

 

 6. The date(s) of the most recent test(s) of the above procedures. (Can
be answered with a date or dates.)

Being planned for 2023

 

Triage for major emergencies and disasters

 

 7. Any record of whether space has been designated and procedures exist
to carry out triage during emergencies and disasters.  (Can be
answered yes / no.)

Yes

 

 8. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above
procedures.  (Can be answered yes / no.)

Yes

 

 9. The date(s) of the most recent test(s) of the above procedures. (Can
be answered with a date or dates.)

June 2022

 

Triage tags for mass casualty incidents

 

10. Any record the existence of triage tags for mass casualty incidents. 
(Can be answered yes / no.)

Yes

 

System for referral, transfer and reception of patients

 

11. Any record of whether procedures exist for the reception, referral,
and transfer of patients to and from other health facilities within
and outside the geographical area where the hospital is located during
emergencies and disasters.  (Can be answered yes / no.)

Yes

 

12. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above
procedures.  (Can be answered yes / no.)

Yes

 

13. The date(s) of the most recent test(s) of the above procedures. (Can
be answered with a date or dates.)

June 2022

 

 

Infection surveillance, prevention and control procedures

14. Any record of whether procedures exist for infection prevention and
control during emergencies and disasters.  (Can be answered yes / no.)

Yes

 

15. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above
procedures.  (Can be answered yes / no.)

Yes

 

16. Any record of whether resources are available for implementation of
the above procedures.  (Can be answered yes / no.)

Yes

 

Psychosocial services

 

17. Any record of whether procedures exist for provision of psychosocial
support, assessment and treatment services to patients, families and
staff during emergencies and disasters.  (Can be answered yes / no.)

Yes

 

18. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above
procedures.  (Can be answered yes / no.)

Yes

 

19. Any record of whether resources are available for implementation of
the above procedures.  (Can be answered yes / no.)

Yes

 

 

Your appeal rights

 

I hope that this response deals with your enquiry to your satisfaction,
however if not you have two options:

 

·         If you do not feel that we have provided you with the
information you requested, you may contact us again and state what
information you still require.  However if you ask for additional and/or
different information this will be dealt with as a new request.

 

·         All applicants have the right of appeal and can request an
internal review.  The internal review must be focused on the original
request and should identify how the trust’s response failed to answer your
information request and explain what you would like us to review.  Appeals
should be made in writing, within 40 working days of the date of the
response, and addressed to Mr Kevin Winter, Associate Director of
Information Governance, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust at
[1][email address] .

 

If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the
Information Commissioner.  The contact details are: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF, telephone 01625 545 700 or see [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Open Government Licence

 

The trust allows you to reuse this information under the Open Government
Licence found at the following [3]link. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Team

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Anne Bryans House

77 Fleet Road, London, NW3 2QH

 

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William Wetherell

Dear Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust's handling of my FOI request 'EPRR Patient care and support services'. The Trust has not provided some of the information I requested.

6. The date(s) of the most recent test(s) of the procedures to expand space and provide access to extra beds in mass casualty incidents. (Can be answered with a date or dates.)

The Trust has stated an exercise is planned in the future, rather than providing the date(s) of the most recent test(s).

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully

William Wetherell

William Wetherell

Dear Freedom of Information Team

RE:FOI 22/23 - 890 - Freedom of Information request - EPRR Patient care and support services

I am writing to ask when I am likely to receive a reply to my request for an internal review please?

Yours faithfully

William Wetherell

William Wetherell

Dear Freedom of Information Team

RE:FOI 22/23 - 890 - Freedom of Information request - EPRR Patient care and support services

I am writing to ask when I am likely to receive a reply to my request of 18th April for an internal review please?

Yours faithfully

William Wetherell

FOI, Rf (ROYAL FREE LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear William Wetherell

 

We can confirm that the internal review is actively being worked on, and
we will respond as soon as we can. We do not have an estimated response
date at the moment.

 

Kind regards,

 

Freedom of Information Team

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Anne Bryans House

77 Fleet Road, London, NW3 2QH

 

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Dear William Wetherell

 

Please find attached the outcome of the internal review for FOI 22/23 –
890.

 

We apologise for the delay in providing you with this.

 

Kind regards,

 

Freedom of Information Team

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Anne Bryans House

77 Fleet Road, London, NW3 2QH

 

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William Wetherell

Dear Mr Winter

Re: Freedom of Information request – Internal Review

Reference: FOI 22/23 - 890

Thank you for this.

Yours sincerely

William Wetherell