International Nurse Recruitment

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board did not have the information requested.

Dear FOI Team,
I would be most grateful if you would provide me, under the Freedom of Information Act, details in respect to any international nurse recruitment undertaken by the Trust. Specifically, can the Trust answer the following:
1. How many Nurses did the Trust recruit internationally in the period 2019-2021?
2. Please can the Trust detail the split of these Nurses by specialism / discipline / band?
3. Please provide the number of international Nurses provided by each supplier in this period?
4. For International Nurse recruitment can the Trust provide a complete breakdown of spend per supplier for 2019, 2020 and 2021?
5. Which framework(s) does the Trust use for international recruitment of Nurses?
6. Can the Trust confirm whether the contracts in place were tendered for via a framework mini competition (or direct call-off) or open procedure?
7. Per respective tender please confirm the suppliers who applied for inclusion and were / were not successful?
8. Could you please provide a copy of the tender specification given to all bidders for when this contract was last advertised?
9. Start date and duration (including extensions) of any live / active contracts in place for international recruitment services for Nurses?
10. Has a decision been made yet on whether the framework(s) / contract(s) are being either extended or renewed?
11. Who is the key procurement contact in procurement and senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for the contract(s)?
Thanks in advance for your assistance.
Dom Free

FOI Requests (Cardiff and Vale UHB - Information Governance), Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Dear Dom Free

I am writing in response to your e-mail below requesting information from Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (the UHB) under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives individuals the right to access official information. The Act allows the right to request any recorded information held by a public authority, such as Cardiff and Vale UHB.  A request can be made for any information it is thought a public authority may hold. The right only covers recorded information which includes information held on computers, in emails and in printed or handwritten documents as well as images, video and audio recordings.  

A request can take the form of a question, rather than a request for specific documents, but an authority does not have to answer your question if this would mean creating new information or giving an opinion or judgment that is not already recorded.

As you are making a request under the Freedom of Information Act the UHB will consider your request in accordance with the Act and in line with the appropriate guidance issued by the Information Commissioner as detailed below.

 The UHB will:

• identify which questions amount to requests for information held on record;

• be ready to offer advice and assistance that is reasonable in the circumstances; and

• provide a response in line with the requirements of the legislation.  

I would now like to confirm that your request has been forwarded to the relevant department to action. A further response will be issued in due course.

As your request is being dealt with under FoI, there is a deadline of 20 working days for response to be issued.

Yours sincerely,
Jane Caldwell
Information Governance
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
02920 744870

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FOI Requests (Cardiff and Vale UHB - Information Governance), Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Good Afternoon,


I am writing further to your e-mail requesting information from Cardiff
and Vale University Health Board (the UHB) under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.


I can now confirm that the UHB has completed a search of its records and
has established it does hold information falling within the confines of
your request. As the UHB believes that section 43 (Commercial Interests)
of the Act is engaged, the qualified nature of this exemption now requires
that we conduct a Public Interest Test to objectively determine whether
the public interest in disclosure outweighs the public interest in
maintaining this exemption. Where the UHB requires more time to conduct
this test, it is entitled to extend the deadline for responding to your
request by a further 20 days. Accordingly, we are now informing you that
this extension is required but shall still endeavour to provide our final
response at the earliest possible opportunity within this timeframe.


If you are not content with the outcome of this matter you do have the
right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. 
As you are aware the Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office - Wales

2nd Floor Churchill House

Churchill Way


CF10 2HH


If you have any further queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to
contact me directly.


Yours sincerely,


Wade Bartlett

Information Governance

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

My pronouns are ‘She’ and ‘Her’.


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