Full communication trail with journalists that lead to the Sun article of 30/08/18

Ms Siliang Tian MSc BA LLB made this Freedom of Information request to NHS Improvement This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

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Ms Siliang Tian MSc BA LLB

Dear NHS Improvement,

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. The full communication exchange with the Sun, and any other newspapers contacted, that lead to the Sun article of 30/08/18 linked here: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7140596/nh...
Regarding the figures quoted (£3.2billion agency spend -> £2 billion agency spend)
2. Please confirm that the reductions includes a reduction due to the VAT mitigation element of direct engagement being. (Yes/No)
3. Please confirm that the figures quoted include reductions in cost due to the '7 pillars' strategy reducing the maximum rate a worker can receive by the amount of employers NICs. (Yes/No)
4. Do the figures include any commission that might be paid to direct engagement providers and/or outsourced payroll companies by the trusts? (Yes/No)
5. Do the figures include the costs of operating collaborative banks? (Yes/No)
6. Please disclose the overall raw data supporting this figure.

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,

Ms Siliang Tian BA MSc LLB

FOI (NHS IMPROVEMENT - T1520), NHS Improvement

Dear Ms Tian,

 

Receipt of your request for information by email dated 1 September 2018 is
acknowledged.

 

NHS Improvement will respond promptly to your request within 20 working
days following the date of receipt, so by 28 September 2018.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

NHS Improvement

 

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FOI (NHS IMPROVEMENT - T1520), NHS Improvement

Dear Ms Tian,

 

We write further to your email dated 1 September 2018.

 

You requested the following information under the Freedom of Information
Act:

 

“I would like to request the following information: 

 1. The full communication exchange with the Sun, and any other newspapers
contacted, that lead to the Sun article of 30/08/18 linked here:
[1]https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7140596/nh...
 2. Regarding the figures quoted  (£3.2billion agency spend -> £2 billion
agency spend) please confirm that the reductions includes a reduction
due to the VAT mitigation element of direct engagement being. 
(Yes/No)
 3. Please confirm that the figures quoted include reductions in cost due
to the '7 pillars' strategy reducing the maximum rate a worker can
receive by the amount of employers NICs.  (Yes/No)
 4. Do the figures include any commission that might be paid to direct
engagement providers and/or outsourced payroll companies by the
trusts? (Yes/No)
 5. Do the figures include the costs of operating collaborative banks?
(Yes/No)
 6. Please disclose the overall raw data supporting this figure.”

 

We have not seen the numbers you have quoted for question 2, please can
you confirm if you would like to amend your request?

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

NHS Improvement

 

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trusts and independent providers. We offer the support these providers
need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care
within local health systems that are financially sustainable. By holding
providers to account and, where necessary, intervening, we help the NHS to
meet its short-term challenges and secure its future.

 

NHS Improvement is the operational name for the organisation that brings
together Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority, Patient Safety, the
National Reporting and Learning System, the Advancing Change team and the
Intensive Support Teams.

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Ms Siliang Tian MSc BA LLB

Dear FOI (NHS IMPROVEMENT - T1520),

Sorry folks just to clarify yes there was a typo in the figures this is what was intended:

"The measure has seen costs fall from £3.6billion in 2015/16 to £2.4billion in 2017/18"

Many thanks for the clarification request and for your assistance with this.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Siliang Tian MSc BA LLB

FOI (NHS IMPROVEMENT - T1520), NHS Improvement

Dear Ms Tian

 

Thank you for confirming the correct figures for question 2.

 

In respect to question 6, can you please confirm what you mean when you
requested the “overall raw data supporting this figure”? Are you asking
for a breakdown of data by each individual trust?

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Yours sincerely

 

NHS Improvement

T 0203 747 0000
W [1]improvement.nhs.uk
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NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts, NHS
trusts and independent providers. We offer the support these providers
need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care
within local health systems that are financially sustainable. By holding
providers to account and, where necessary, intervening, we help the NHS to
meet its short-term challenges and secure its future.

 

NHS Improvement is the operational name for the organisation that brings
together Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority, Patient Safety, the
National Reporting and Learning System, the Advancing Change team and the
Intensive Support Teams.

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Ms Siliang Tian MSc BA LLB

Dear FOI (NHS IMPROVEMENT - T1520),

Not necessarily, what is sought is the background to the figures to help understand what it represents, and how it is arrived at, also what is not included in this figures, if you do have the per trust figures, and can easily locate them within the time limit then I would be very grateful of this, where it would cause you to exceed the time limit please disclose::

1. Are fees to direct engagement providers included or excluded from this.
2. Confirm that any VAT not paid through direct engagement schemes will result in a reduction in the figure.

As a further FOI 200 enquiry if necessary (or bolt on to this one if you prefer):
Please disclose the total bank spend since you started collecting it that goes along with this.

My thanks for your help.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Siliang Tian MSc BA LLB

Ms Siliang Tian MSc BA LLB

Dear FOI (NHS IMPROVEMENT - T1520),

I just realised that the requested data is already in the request. Please disclose the raw data where possible, the additional information request for the totals for bank spend are still sought.

Thank you!

Yours sincerely,

Ms Siliang Tian MSc BA LLB

FOI (NHS IMPROVEMENT - T1520), NHS Improvement

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Dear Ms Tian,

 

Please see the attached decision letter dated 26 November 2018.

 

Yours sincerely

 

NHS Improvement

T 0203 747 0000
W [1]improvement.nhs.uk
Wellington House, 133-155 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8UG

 

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NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts, NHS
trusts and independent providers. We offer the support these providers
need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care
within local health systems that are financially sustainable. By holding
providers to account and, where necessary, intervening, we help the NHS to
meet its short-term challenges and secure its future.

 

NHS Improvement is the operational name for the organisation that brings
together Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority, Patient Safety, the
National Reporting and Learning System, the Advancing Change team and the
Intensive Support Teams.

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