Investigations into the deaths of patients with a learning disability

George Julian made this Freedom of Information request to NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group

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Dear NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group,

Please would you provide the following information for your CCG:

1) the number of deaths of patients with a learning disability that occurred in the last three years (by years defined as 1/4/16 - 31/3/17, 1/4/17 - 31/3/18, 1/4/18 to present).

2) the number of independent investigations into the deaths of patients with a learning disability that you have commissioned in the last three years (defined as above)

3a) the number of deaths of patients with a learning disability that have resulted in an inquest in the last three years (defined as above)

3b) of those inquests the number that were an Article 2 inquest

I look forward to hearing from you,
Many thanks
Dr George Julian

FOI (NHS TRAFFORD CCG), NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group

I am writing to acknowledge your recent request for information under the
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Yours sincerely
 
Liz
 
Liz Walker
Governance Support Officer
NHS Trafford CCG
1st Floor Crossgate House
Cross Street
Sale
Manchester
M33 7FT
 
Tel: 0161 873 6093 (internal DDI – 1193)
Email: [1][email address]

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FOI (NHS TRAFFORD CCG), NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group

Dear Dr Julian

NHS Trafford CCG does not hold this information.

Regards

FOI Team

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Dear FOI Team,

Many thanks for responding so promptly to my FOI request. Can I just confirm that you are stating that the CCG does not hold any information in relation to the deaths of patients with a learning disability? It would seem surprising that you have no overview of this population given your role as commissioner of health services.

It might be that you hold information relating to the deaths of people identified as someone with a learning disability in GP registers? Would there be any information on deaths of people with learning disabilities in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) that the CCG contributes to? Please could someone check and get back to me to confirm whether they really are not able to answer Question 1.

The Serious Incident Framework states the following in relation to Level 3 Independent Investigations:

'Although the regional team may offer support where it is necessary to do so, independent investigations, and the decision to commission independent investigations, should be managed locally by the commissioner of the care in which the incident occurred wherever possible. Local management and ownership of Serious Incidents is of fundamental importance to ensuring appropriate and timely action'.

Therefore I'm very surprised that the CCG is unable to answer Question 2. Surely a record would be kept as to whether an independent investigation had been commissioned by the CCG or not? I wouldn't like to assume that no investigations have been commissioned but would appreciate confirmation either way.

I'll take it from your earlier response that you do not collect the information requested in Question 3.

I hope someone will be able to confirm with relation to the other questions,
Many thanks
George

FOI (NHS TRAFFORD CCG), NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group

I have passed this on to another team who are looking into it, as we don’t necessarily hold specific information but we are just looking to see what we have available. We don't have access to GP registers this would be something that GPs would hold but may be reported elsewhere.

I will get back to you within the 20 days.

Regards

FOI Team

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FOI (NHS TRAFFORD CCG), NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group

Dear George

I have sought clarification regarding this and our response is that we are not responsible for this data or information, and therefore are not able to provide any information in answer to your questions.

Regards

FOI Team

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WALKER, Elizabeth (NHS TRAFFORD CCG), NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group

Hi George

 

Just a couple of things

 

1.        Could you let me have PRAB minutes back please

2.       Are you attending QFP on Tuesday – there is a decision item and
it is important we have enough members for quoracy.

3.       I am finalised PCCC minutes and will send over tomorrow for
review – I sent to Rebecca, Fran, Mark and Malcolm for comments prior so I
can ensure accuracy around their items before sending to you for review.

 

Regards

 

Liz

 

Liz Walker

Governance Support Officer

Trafford Town Hall

Talbot Road

Stretford

Manchester

M32 0^TH

 

Email: [1][email address]

Tel:  DD –    0161 912 4532

         Mob - 07971487994

 

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