Information regarding student placements

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Dear Orkney College,

Following a recent FOI request to UHI, I have identified that you have students that carry out placements as part of their courses in the Applied Life Studies subject network on one or more of the following courses:

1. BSc (Hons.) Integrative Healthcare
2. BSc Oral Health Science
3. Diploma Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
4. HNC Childhood Practice
5. HNC Social Services
6. HNC Care and Administrative Practice

The UHI Student Placement Policy & Guidance document states:

"4.3 APs are required to keep a record of all placement activities. This should include the following:
1. The subject network/programme associated with the placement activity;
2. A list of the names and student numbers of students undertaking placement activity;
3. The nature of the placement i.e. duration, location, type of activity, assessed or not assessed;
4. Contact details of placement providers; and
5. Copies of formal documentation, at a minimum this must include a copy of risk assessment documentation and signed tri-partite learning agreement, but may also (dependent on circumstances) include, statements of reasonable adjustments, letters of expectation, copies of insurance documentation and students consent to disability disclosure."

Please could you provide me with the information listed above for the courses noted at your AP. I do not wish to see personal information pertaining to disability and please redact the students' names/numbers.

I do not require contact details for the placements, just their name and location, type of business/organisation, type of placement activity taking place, assessed or not assessed.

Please also provide the name of the course that the placement forms part of, the duration of the placement and the role of the person responsible for the student at the placement location.

Please could you let me know if there is a named individual/s specifically responsible for placement students within your AP and if not who would normally be responsible for placement students on the individual courses/their role.

Yours faithfully,

S A Smith

Dear Orkney College,

Please could you give me the information for the current academic year and the previous 5 academic years? Sorry I should have made this clear in my original email.

Yours faithfully,

S A Smith

Dear Sir/Madam

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 – Request for Information

Thank you for your information request dated 5 June 2020 and received on 5 June 2020. Our reference is FOI 2020-0453. This is being dealt with under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

We are considering your request. We may be in touch soon to ask for further clarification or to offer advice and assistance if we are not able to fulfil your request in its present form.

The legislation allows us up to 20 working days from the date that we receive a valid request, including any clarification we need to make a final response. We will be in touch within 20 working days of receipt of your initial request to provide our response or to seek clarification where necessary. We hope to give you the information you are looking for at an earlier date if possible.

The Council is under significant pressure to deliver only essential services whilst the current social isolation measures are in place within the UK. Whilst we have a legal obligation to respond to FOIs, EIRs and SARs, we are unlikely to be able to respond at present within the normal timescales and there will inevitably be some delays. We apologise for any inconvenience, although we are sure that you will fully understand the situation.

Regards

Katy Russell-Duff
Administrative Officer
Corporate Services
Orkney Islands Council
Council Offices, School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY
Working from home at present

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Dear Sir/Madam

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 – Request for Information

I refer to your email dated 3 June 2020 and received on 4 June 2020, our reference is FOI 2020-0453.

I am pleased to give the information you requested and hope that it meets your requirements.

This is relevant to HNC SS & HNC CHP (from the list below) as we don't deliver any of the others.

2. A list of the names and student numbers of students undertaking placement activity; *

Disclosure of this information would be unfair for the purpose of the first data protection principle and is exempt in terms of s.38(1)(b) read in conjunction with s.38(2A)(a) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. As such we have not provided this information. We hope you understand our position.

3. The nature of the placement :Early Year's Child Care settings/Health Care Settings/Social Care settings, including Day Care, Home Care and residential care.
Duration, location; Placement takes place 2 days a week throughout the year unless it is the students place of employment.
Type of activity; Students undertake a range of tasks which reflect the role of the social care assistant/nursing auxiliary or nursery support worker
Assessed or not assessed; students are assessed in various activities working with people

4. Contact details of placement providers.
Orkney Health & Care, Orkney Islands Council Social Services/Orkney Islands Council Early Years Services and NHS Orkney

5. Copies of formal documentation, at a minimum this must include a copy of risk assessment documentation and signed tri-partite learning agreement, but may also (dependent on circumstances) include, statements of reasonable adjustments, letters of expectation, copies of insurance documentation and students consent to disability disclosure." See attached

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Where the outcome of the review fails to resolve the matter to your complete satisfaction, you then have the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision. You have six months in which to do so following receipt of our review outcome – see www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal.

Regards

George Vickers
Information Governance Officer
Corporate Services
Orkney Islands Council, Council Offices, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY
www.orkney.gov.uk

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