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Dear South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust,

I would like to make the following Freedom of Information request:

As described on page 6 of the National Quality Board's National Guidance on Learning from Deaths, Trusts are required to collect specified information on deaths: https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/up...

Please may I receive the following data described in that guidance, on a monthly basis from the beginning of 2018 to the most recent month available:
- The total number of in-patient deaths (including emergency department deaths)
- The number of deaths subject to case record review
- Of these deaths subjected to review, the number that were judged more likely than not to have been due to problems in care

If data is not available at the beginning of 2018, please supply data from the earliest point after when data was collected.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Clark

FREEDOMOFINFORMATION (SOUTH TYNESIDE AND SUNDERLAND NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

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FREEDOMOFINFORMATION (SOUTH TYNESIDE AND SUNDERLAND NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

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From: Alex Clark <[FOI #866731 email]>
Sent: 31 May 2022 17:26
To: FREEDOMOFINFORMATION (SOUTH TYNESIDE AND SUNDERLAND NHS FOUNDATION
TRUST) <[South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust request email]>
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Dear South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust,

I would like to make the following Freedom of Information request:

As described on page 6 of the National Quality Board's National Guidance
on Learning from Deaths, Trusts are required to collect specified
information on deaths:
[6]https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/up...

Please may I receive the following data described in that guidance, on a
monthly basis from the beginning of 2018 to the most recent month
available:
- The total number of in-patient deaths (including emergency department
deaths)
- The number of deaths subject to case record review
- Of these deaths subjected to review, the number that were judged more
likely than not to have been due to problems in care

If data is not available at the beginning of 2018, please supply data from
the earliest point after when data was collected.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Clark

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Dear FREEDOMOFINFORMATION (SOUTH TYNESIDE AND SUNDERLAND NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

Many thanks for your response - however, I am not satisfied with the information you have provided.

I am specifically requesting the Learning from Deaths data on a monthly basis. However, the data contained in the trust's board reports is only broken down on a quarterly basis. In addition, I am requesting the data in the form of a single dataset, rather than spread across multiple reports. I am also requesting the data up to the most recent month for which it has been collected.

If helpful, the data could be supplied to me in the form of a spreadsheet with the following structure:
- Each row is a month and year
- Each column is one of the three Learning from Deaths figures that I have requested (total deaths, total subject to case record review, total judged to be due to a problem in care)
- Each cell is the corresponding value, and blank if the data has not yet been collected for that period

Would it be possible to receive the data in this form?

Yours sincerely,

Alex Clark

Dear FREEDOMOFINFORMATION (SOUTH TYNESIDE AND SUNDERLAND NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

I am writing in relation to my recent Freedom of Information request regarding monthly Learning from Deaths figures, sent on May 31.

Your response to my request is now delayed. By law, you should normally have responded promptly and by 30 June 2022. It is now July 4 2022.

Please respond to my request and subsequent follow-up email.

Yours sincerely,

Alex Clark