PFI PPP Safety Audit

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Dear University Hos​pitals of North Midlands NHS Trust,

This request for information is an attempt to seek reassurance about the safety of public buildings in the light of the findings revealed in the Inquiry commissioned following the collapse of a school building wall in Edinburgh and subsequent closure of 17 schools.
Please answer the following for each PFI/PPP schemes in your health trust treating each scheme as a separate request.
Please provide all documents showing how your organisation has responded to the findings contained in the report on Edinburgh Schools Construction by John Cole: including, but not limited to memos, emails, minutes, reports.
I would like to understand the expertise and resource committed by your organisation to the management and oversight of PFI schemes from procurement through to ongoing contract operation. Please provide documents relating to the PFI Team(s) allocated to each project its makeup and structure of the team during each project phase. This may comprise terms of reference, organisation chart, post titles and role profiles.
Provide the deed of appointment for the Independent Certifier and any other documents setting out the scope of that role. Please confirm the level of indemnity insurance and liability period.
Please confirm whether your organisation employed a member of the Institute of Clerk of Works or an inspector of similar standing and assigned them to each construction site. If someone in this role was employed please confirm their level of qualification, the salary associated with this role and how much time was allocated to per project/site.
Please provide a list of all enforcement or improvement notices served; investigations carried out and reports commissioned into fire safety (include dates and specify who commissioned or issued these) Please provide copies of all items listed.
Provide details of all attempts to make deductions relating to structural defects for each project. Confirm the amount, what it was for, and when the deduction was made.8

Yours faithfully,

Megan Ingles

Dear Ms Ingles

 

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your email dated 6^th June 2017
requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act (2000)
regarding PFI PPP Safety.

 

The FOI Act sets out a twenty working day timescale for requests to be
completed by. We will always try to complete your request within this
timeframe. We will let you know whether the Trust holds the information
you have requested, and we will contact you as soon as possible if we are
delayed in our response for some reason. If we require further information
from you or we need you to further explain your request before we can
continue to process it we will also contact you. 

 

Yours,

 

Information Governance Team

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Ms Ingles

 

I have been asked to contact you to seek clarification on your request.
Your request states:

 

“Q1  This request for information is an attempt to seek reassurance about
the safety of public buildings in the light of the findings revealed in
the Inquiry commissioned following the collapse of a school building wall
in Edinburgh and subsequent closure of 17 schools. 

 

Please answer the following for each PFI/PPP schemes in your health Trust
treating each scheme as a separate request.

 

Please provide all documents showing how your organisation has responded
to the findings contained in the report on Edinburgh Schools Construction
by John Cole: including, but not limited to memos, emails, minutes,
reports. = Please can you explain what you are referring to?

 

Q2          I would like to understand the expertise and resource
committed by your organisation to the management and oversight of PFI
schemes from procurement through to ongoing contract operation.

Please provide documents relating to the PFI Team(s) allocated to each
project its makeup and structure of the team during each project phase.
This may comprise terms of reference, organisation chart, post titles and
role profiles = The Trust has one PFI contract in operation at UHNM.  This
is in steady state.  Are you asking for the contract performance
management team arrangements as financial close was reached in 2010 some
10 years ago and was in the name of a different Trust at that time?

 

Q3          Provide the deed of appointment for the Independent Certifier
and any other documents setting out the scope of that role.

Please confirm the level of indemnity insurance and liability period.=
please clarify which works you are wanting the independent certifier
information for.

 

Q4          Please confirm whether your organisation employed a member of
the Institute of Clerk of Works or an inspector of similar standing and
assigned them to each construction site. If someone in this role was
employed please confirm their level of qualification, the salary
associated with this role and how much time was allocated to per
project/site. = Is this question in relation to the new hospital PFI?

 

Q5          Please provide a list of all enforcement or improvement
notices served; investigations carried out and reports commissioned into
fire safety (include dates and specify who commissioned or issued these)
Please provide copies of all items listed.= For what period?  For both
sites?

 

Q6          Provide details of all attempts to make deductions relating to
structural defects for each project. Confirm the amount, what it was for,
and when the deduction was made.+ 8 ”= What does +8 mean on this question?
Whose attempts to make deductions?  The question needs to be clarified in
relation to what is being asked.

 

To continue with your request we require clarifications please see above
in red Italics.

 

Your request will therefore be paused until we fully understand the
information requested. We will continue to process your request when we
understand the information requested. If we do not hear from you within
two weeks we will close your request

 

 

Yours,

Information governance team

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust

 

 

 

 

 

The contents of this email and any attachments are confidential to the
intended recipient. If you are not the intended recipient please do not
use or publish its contents. Please contact the sender immediately and
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copying or alteration of this message is strictly forbidden. Opinions,
conclusions and other information expressed in this message are not given
or endorsed by the UHNM unless such information is transmitted in the
normal course of its business.

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