Freedom of Information request - Direct Engagement of Locum Staff using third parties

Response to this request is delayed. By law, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust should normally have responded promptly and by (details)

Dear Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust,

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I would be interested in any information held by your organisation regarding my request. I understand that I do not have to specify particular files or documents and it is the departments responsibility to provide the information I require. If you need further clarification please contact me via this website (or email). I would like to request the following information:
1. Does your organization use a Direct Engagement scheme?
2. If so, who provides it? And when did you start using it?
3. Did you take external legal advice before entering into it and, if so, from whom did you take external legal advice?
4. What has your total locum/temporary staffing spend since you started using the scheme? If you started using the scheme before April 2017 please also state the total locum/temporary staffing spend since April 2017.
5. How does the third party direct engagement facilitator save you money on the agency spend? Please answer in short point form
6. How much has been paid to the third party direct engagement facilitator thus far?
7. Was this payment calculated as a percentage of the savings generated by employing the services of the third party direct engagement facilitator? If so, what percentage is this?

I would like the information to be provided by email or on this website in electronic form. If my request is denied in whole or in part I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all non-exempt material. I reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to charge excessive fees. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request. I look forward to your response within 20 working days as outlined by the statute. Many thanks for your assistance with this request.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Ade Ademola

BCHC, Foi (BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Dr Ade Ademola

 

We received your information request below on 27 June 2018.  We will be
dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
will endeavour to respond to you within 20 working days of your request by
25 July 2018.

 

Please note the above unique Request ID and quote it in all future
correspondence regarding this particular request.

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regards

Freedom of Information Team

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

 

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Dear Dr Ade Ademola

 

Further to our email below, we would please like you to clarify, as soon
as possible, whether what you are seeking in respect of your question 4
is:

 

a)    the cost of all locum/temporary staff employed by the Trust or

b)    just the cost of those staff employed through the Direct Engagement
scheme?

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

Regards

Freedom of Information Team

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

 

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From: BCHC, Foi (BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST)
Sent: 28 June 2018 08:37
To: '[FOI #494181 email]'
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Freedom of Information request -
Direct Engagement of Locum Staff using third parties [Request ID 270618]

 

Dear Dr Ade Ademola

 

We received your information request below on 27 June 2018.  We will be
dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
will endeavour to respond to you within 20 working days of your request by
25 July 2018.

 

Please note the above unique Request ID and quote it in all future
correspondence regarding this particular request.

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regards

Freedom of Information Team

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

 

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Dear BCHC, Foi (BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

Thank you for asking for further clarification regarding Question 4
I would be grateful if you provide both
a) the cost of all locum/temporary staff employed by the Trust or

b) just the cost of those staff employed through the Direct Engagement
scheme?

Yours sincerely,

Dr Ade Ademola

BCHC, Foi (BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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Dr Ade Ademola
 
We are writing to advise you that the time limit for responding to your
request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the
Act), which we received on 17 June 2018 needs to be extended.
 
The Act allows us 20 working days to respond to your request from the date
of its receipt, which would have been 25 July 2018.
 
However, it is occasionally necessary to extend the 20 working-day time
limit for issuing a response.  In this case, we regret that we must extend
the time limit for responding by a further 10 working days.
 
We hope to let you have a response by 8 August 2018 and will keep you
informed should there be any further delay.
 
If you have any queries about this email, please contact us.
 
Thank you.
 
 
 
 
 
Regards
Freedom of Information Team
Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
 
 
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necessarily reflect those of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust.
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attachments.
Confidentiality
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required by law including under the [1]Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
the [2]Data Protection Act 1998. Unless the information requested is
legally exempt from disclosure, we cannot guarantee that we will not
provide the whole or part of an email to a third party making a request
for information about the content of the email. Internet e-mail is not a
secure medium. E-mails sent via the Internet could be intercepted and read
by someone else. Please bear that in mind when deciding whether to send
material to Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, partner
organisations or the NHS in general.
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guidelines should be adhered to at all times. Incoming and outgoing email
messages may be monitored in accordance with the Telecommunications
Regulations 2000 and Human Rights Act 2000.
 

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BCHC, Foi (BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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Dr Ade Ademola
 
Further to your request for information, please find attached our
organisational response.  We confirm that this request is now closed.
 
Thank you.
 
 
 
 
 
Regards
Freedom of Information Team
Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
 
 
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opinions expressed in this message are those of the author and do not
necessarily reflect those of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust.
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transmission, however we advise you to check emails and any attachments
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responsibility for any viruses transmitted by this email and/or any
attachments.
Confidentiality
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required by law including under the [1]Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
the [2]Data Protection Act 1998. Unless the information requested is
legally exempt from disclosure, we cannot guarantee that we will not
provide the whole or part of an email to a third party making a request
for information about the content of the email. Internet e-mail is not a
secure medium. E-mails sent via the Internet could be intercepted and read
by someone else. Please bear that in mind when deciding whether to send
material to Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, partner
organisations or the NHS in general.
The principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Caldicott
guidelines should be adhered to at all times. Incoming and outgoing email
messages may be monitored in accordance with the Telecommunications
Regulations 2000 and Human Rights Act 2000.
 
 

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Dear Birmingham Community Healthcare 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 Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's handling of my FOI request 'Freedom of Information request - Direct Engagement of Locum Staff using third parties'.

It is expected that the Trust will understand what it is paying vast sums of money for and that establishing why VAT is not paid should not require any analyses as the Trust is required to understand its tax affairs. Could the mechanism by which VAT is avoided on temporary workers supplied by agencies please be disclosed?

The provider named claims this is due to salary payments but you should clarify why the Trust would need to pay this company vast sums of money when the trust could simply engage people in a truely direct way without the involvement of a third party?

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

Yours faithfully,

Dr Ade Ademola

BCHC, Foi (BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Dr Ademola

We are in receipt of your request for internal review of the Trusts handling of your request for information. We aim to provide you with a response within 20 working days and by 12th September 2018.

Yours sincerely
Freedom of Information Team

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