Practitioner psychologists: Fitness to Practise minutes and transcripts

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William Thackeray

Dear Health Professions Council,

Please provide minutes and transcripts of Fitness to Practise hearings held in respect of practitioner psychologists.

Please send the information in electronic format to this email address.

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

Health Professions Council

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Dear Mr Thackeray

Thank you for your request for information dated 4 March, concerning
transcripts of hearings held in respect of practitioner psychologists.

This request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I am writing to ask you to clarify your request. This is because we need
further details from you in order to identify and locate the information

Please could you confirm whether there are particular transcripts of cases
which you require, or if you require the transcripts of all cases.

Yours sincerely

Colin Bendall
Secretary to Committees
Health Professions Council
Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4BU
[1]www.hpc-uk.org

From: William Thackeray <[FOI #64194 email]>
To: FOI requests at HPC <[HPC request email]>
Date: 04/03/2011 14:26
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Practitioner
psychologists: Fitness to Practise minutes and transcripts

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William Thackeray

Dear Colin,

Thank you for your quick response.

I'd like minutes and transcripts for all of the cases against practitioner psychologists, please, sent in electronic format to this email address.

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

Health Professions Council

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Dear Mr Thackeray

Thank you for your request for information dated 4 March, concerning
transcripts of hearings held in respect of practitioner psychologists.

This request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

From our preliminary assessment, we estimate that compliance with your
request would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the
Freedom of information Act 2000. This is currently **450. This is
calculated based on the number of days of hearings for practitioner
psychologists. The transcript for each day of each hearing will need to be
reviewed, to check whether this is any personal data in the transcript
which should be redacted before it can be released under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

Rather than refusing your request at this stage, I would like to explore
with you how the Health Professions Council may best assist you to
request relevant information which we hold. For example, you may wish to
consider re-framing the request for a shorter time-period, or request the
transcripts of particular cases. If you need assistance with this, please
contact me on 020 7840 9710 or by e-mail.

You may be interested to know that the Health Professions Council
publishes an annual report on its fitness to practise work, which includes
details of decisions made at final hearings. The report for 2009-10, which
was the year that HPC became the statutory regulator of practitioner
psychologists, is available on the HPC website. A copy of the report is
attached. The report for 2010-11 is due to be published later this year.
Please let me know if you would like a copy of that report when it is
published.

Details of fitness to practise hearings for practitioner psychologists,
including decisions made in previous cases, can also be found on our
website at this page:

[1]http://www.hpc-uk.org/complaints/hearings/

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request a review by writing to:

Louise Hart, Secretary to Council, Health Professions Council, Park House,
184 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4BU

Email: [2][email address]

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at: The
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Telephone: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45 Website: [3]www.ico.gov.uk

There is no charge for making an appeal.

Yours sincerely

Colin Bendall
Secretary to Committees
Health Professions Council
Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4BU
[4]www.hpc-uk.org
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William Thackeray

Dear Health Professions Council,

Please pass on my thanks to Colin Bendall for his very quick response to my FOIA query.

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Health Professions Council's handling of my FOI request 'Practitioner psychologists: Fitness to Practise minutes and transcripts'.

My reason for requesting an internal review is:

In the calculation of costs, the HPC has included:

"The transcript for each day of each hearing will need to be reviewed, to check whether this is any personal data in the transcript which should be redacted before it can be released under the Freedom of Information Act 2000"

This is not something which can legitimately be included in the calculation of costs for FOIA purposes.

For full details, please see ICO Guidance at:
http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...
and elsewhere on the ICO website.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/pr...

Many thanks for your assistance with this matter.

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

Health Professions Council

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Information Commissioner has a list of 13 reasons not to provide
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- the information does not exist now due to destruction or has never
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Best regards,

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Dear Mr Thackeray

Please find attached a letter and enclosures in response to your request
for an internal review.

Yours sincerely

Colin Bendall
Secretary to Committees
Health Professions Council
Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4BU
[1]www.hpc-uk.org
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William Thackeray

Dear Colin,

Documents received; many thanks for your assistance with this case.

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

Health Professions Council

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Information Commissioner has a list of 13 reasons not to provide
information
- the information does not exist now due to destruction or has never
existed

You may provide more back ground information to help us find the
information you require if you wish. Please quote the "FOI Request #" in
any further correspondence concerning this request.

Best regards,

Freedom of Information team at HPC

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