Itemised list of expenditure in relation to consultancy costs, legal/professional fees, and training/courses/conference costs 2016/17

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Dear Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust,

Please could you provide the following information, for 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017:

An itemised list of all payments to external suppliers over £500
included in the categories "Consultancy costs", "Legal and professional fees" and "Training, courses and conferences" in successive Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust Annual Reports and Accounts, indicating whether these costs are inclusive or exclusive of VAT (or VAT is not payable).

Please provide supplier details in accordance with the local
spending data guidance for local government
(, which
"In order to properly understand where and with whom public money
is being spent, it is important to be able to identify the
supplier. This is often not possible from the name alone (which may
not be the formal name of the company or organisation), and ideally
publication would include the Companies House number (or equivalent
in the case of foreign companies), charity registration or other
unique identifier.
In practice this information often isn’t held by the accounts
system, and because of that the guidance is that all authorities
should publish the supplier name and supplier id (to distinguish
between different suppliers with similar names and to match the
same supplier when the name changes or is redacted).
In addition, where the information is held, authorities should
publish the supplier VAT number (although there is no exact match
between VAT number and organisation, experience has shown this is a
very successful way of identifying suppliers), as well as
publishing the supplier list separately as open data.
The name of the supplier should be as per your vendor record. If
the payment you make to the vendor (e.g. a solicitor) is to enable
them to make a payment to a third party, you need only disclose the
name of the original vendor not the end beneficiary. If the same
supplier appears more than once under different vendor records,
this is how they will appear in the published record. Payments to
individual suppliers should not need to be aggregated, and each
individual transaction must be shown separately. The supplier name
should appear in full."

Thank you for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Hatton

Southern Health Freedom of Information, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Hatton,

Thank you for your email and request for information.

Please find attached our letter of acknowledgement and confirmation that this request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Should you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Jill Long
Freedom of Information
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Quality and Governance
6 Sterne Road
Tatchbury Mount
SO40 2RZ

Tel: 02380 874662
Email: [email address]

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Southern Health Freedom of Information, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Hatton

I am pleased to say that we are in a position to respond to your request concerning itemised list of payments over £500 for Consultancy costs, Legal and professional fees and Training courses and conferences – 2016-17.

Please find a copy of the Trust’s response letter attached for your attention.

This request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I am obliged to inform you that all material supplied to you including, layout, presentation, text, logos, icons, photos, and all material is copyright © Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, unless otherwise stated.

You are free to use any information supplied for your own use, including for non-commercial research purposes. The information may also be used for the purposes of news reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for example by publishing the information or issuing copies to the public, will require the express written permission of the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

We would appreciate your feedback on how you thought your Freedom of Information request was handled and would be grateful if you could kindly complete a short questionnaire which can be accessed via the following link:

If you have any complaints in respect of your information request, please ensure you send these to the address below within 60 days of the date of this response. We regret that we will not respond to any complaints outside of the 60 day period.

Head of Legal and Insurance Services
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
5-6 Sterne Road
Tatchbury Mount
SO40 2RZ

If your complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner’s Office can be contacted by way of letter addressed to:

Wycliffe House
Water Lane

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. It would be useful if you would quote the reference above in any future communications.

Kind regards,

Amanda Kimber
Freedom of Information Officer and Legal Services Assistant
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
6 Sterne Road
Tatchbury Mount
SO40 2RZ
Tel 02380 874662
Email:[email address]


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Dear Southern Health Freedom of Information,

Thank you very much for responding to my FoI request with the information - as ever, your FoI service is very efficient.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Hatton

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