Harm-prevention strategies for the new 'centre of excellence'

A. Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

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Dear Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust,

I have recently been following the development of the 'centre of excellence' and attended a public meeting at the Bradgate Unit to voice my concerns. A member of the audience raised a number of issues about the 'Heather ward' (on the Bradgate Unit site), in particular stating that there had been 3 successful suicide attempts on this ward in the l5 months it had been open.

I am concerned that, as we are living within a rhetoric of cut-backs and austerity, the plans are likely to proceed with minimal reflection on whether they serve the most distressed and power-less in our community and with, instead, a focus on speedily implementing plans that the most relevant stake-holders have not been consulted on. I fear this works against the transparent and accountable society we purport to be building.

Out of my concern as a community member I therefore make the following requests for information:

1) the precise number of suicide attempts that have resulted in a loss of life for inpatients on the Heather ward of the Bradgate mental health unit over the 15 month period it has been open (since December 2009)
2) the number of suicide attempts that have resulted in a loss of life for inpatients on all LPT psychiatric wards for the corresponding 15 month period (broken down for each ward)
3) details (dates of meetings, who attended, minutes, incident reports, investigation reports and proposed and implemented actions) of the response to each incidence of self-inflicted death on the Heather ward
4) details of how local commissioners are going to be held to account for the deaths on the Heather ward in relation to meeting the NHS outcomes framework (as suggested in the 'No health without mental health' government policy document- 2011)
5) details (minutes, reports, actions) relating to how these deaths on Heather ward are going to inform the development of 'ward 2' and any further ward developments during the planning of the 'centre of excellence'
6) what consultation processes have taken place already in Leicester concerning the development of the 'centre of excellence'; specifically consultations relating to the split between in-patient and outpatient psychiatric consultant lists, the closure of the Brandon unit and the development of a single-site psychiatric facility (at the Bradgate unit). Specifically I request details of when and where these consultations took place, which stakeholders were invited, who identified the stakeholders and who accepted the invitation to attend, how, when and where the meetings were advertised, minutes of the consultation events and any reports that came out of these consultations with a view to informing the development of the centre of 'excellence'
7) the number complaints (formal and informal) made regarding the split of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric consultant lists made by patients /service users, staff employed by LPT (clearly stating the number made by each category)

Yours faithfully,

Ms A. Smith

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

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Dear Ms A. Smith,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Request REF: FOI/1112/191

Thank you for your recent request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, which we received on 3rd May 2011. We are processing your request and will respond to you shortly.

Please find attached our leaflet giving guidance on our procedure for managing requests for information in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In the meantime, if you have any queries please either respond to this email or contact me at the following address quoting the above REF number.

Yours sincerely,
Mary Stait
Healthcare Records and Freedom of Information Manager
Medical Records Department
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
Trust Headquarters
George Hine House
Gipsy Lane
Leicester LE5 0TD
Telephone 0116 295 8995

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Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Dear Ms A Smith,

Re: Request under Freedom of Information Act 2000 REF: FOI/1112/191

Further to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), which we received on 3rd May 2011. Whilst the FOIA requires public authorities to comply with requests for information within 20 working days, due to the complex nature of your request we have been unable to meet this deadline.

Furthermore, once we have collated all the information we will need to consider any exemptions that apply and it is possible that we may need to carry out a public interest test to determine our response. I will, however, inform you if this is the case, as the Act then allows 'such time as is reasonable in the circumstances' for the public authority to reach its decision. However, we would not expect this to take more than a further 20 working days.

I am, therefore, writing to inform you that we will forward our response to you as soon as we possibly can depending on the circumstances and whether we need to apply the public interest test.

Yours sincerely
Mary Stait
Healthcare Records Manager
Telephone 0116 295 8995

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
Trust Headquarters
George Hine House
Gipsy Lane
Leicester LE5 0TD

This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. Any views or opinions expressed are those of the author and do not represent the views of the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust unless otherwise explicitly stated. The information contained in this e-mail may be subject to public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Unless the information is legally exempt from disclosure, the confidentiality of this e-mail and your reply cannot be guaranteed.

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Dear Ms A Smith

Request under Freedom of Information Act 2000 REF: FOI/1112/191

Thank you for your request for information which we received on 3rd May 2011. I am pleased to provide the attached information in response to your request.

This information is provided to you under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for your information only. The Trust retains its copyright in all information that it discloses.

If you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at the following address quoting the above REF number.

Yours sincerely,

Mary Stait
Healthcare Records and Freedom of Information Manager
Medical Records Department
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
Trust Headquarters
George Hine House
Gipsy Lane
Leicester LE5 0TD
Telephone 0116 295 8995

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