Services for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

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Dear Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,

I am writing as a volunteer researcher for the National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome-UK (www.nofas-uk.org) to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act. I am working in cooperation with an ad hoc group of leaders from the organisation and other experts to frame and shape this research project and to analyse the information we receive.

Background

In February 2017, Lord Boateng asked the government “what assessment they have made of the measures adopted in Scotand which provide guidance and support for children and young adults affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.” Lord O’Shaughnessy replied that “Early intervention services can help reduce some of the effects of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and prevent some of the secondary disabilities that result. Responsibility for commissioning these services lies with clinical commissioning groups. [Hansard, Written Question HL5052, 10 February 2017. https://www.parliament.uk/business/publi...

This government policy was reiterated in July 2017 when Lord Campbell-Savours asked the government “what support they are providing for persons whose condition has been described as foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.” [Hansard, Written Question HL500 and Written Answer, 18 July 2017, https://www.parliament.uk/business/publi... In response, Lord O’Shaughnessy for the government wrote that “It is recognised that Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) can have a significant impact on the early development of children, their behaviours and their life chances. Early intervention services can help reduce some of the effects of FASD and prevent some of the secondary disabilities that result. Responsibility for commissioning these services lies with clinical commissioning groups.” This was again repeated on 8 May 2018 by Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under-secretary at the Department of Health and Social Care. [Hansard, Written Question 139045, 8 May 2018. https://www.parliament.uk/business/publi...

The following conditions fall under the Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) umbrella: Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND), Alcohol-Related Birth Defects (ARBD), Foetal Alcohol Effects (FAE) and partial Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (pFAS)) or neurodevelopmental disorders linked to prenatal alcohol exposure (NDPAE)

Request for Information

In light of the above information I would like to ask you to provide:
1) Copies of any policies that the Trust has on the prevention of FASD, and on the diagnosis and post-diagnostic care pathway for patients with an FASD. Also your policy on the training of Trust personnel to manage patients with FASD.
2) Any information you hold on services your Trust provided for FASD for
a. prevention education following the 2016 Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines that the safest course is not to drink while pregnant or attempting to become pregnant;
b. diagnosis for both children and adults;
c. post-diagnostic care in the financial years beginning 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
3) Information on the number of Doctors in your Trust who currently provide diagnostic and/or post-diagnostic services for FASD? Please provide their names and posts. Whether your Trust employs specifically trained professionals, including but not limited to nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists, to provide specialised services for patients on the FASD spectrum? If so, in what specialties, and how many? Please provide their names and posts.
4) Information on training provided to personnel in your Trust on FASD, or provided by others and accessed by your personnel.
5) Information you hold on whether your Trust sends patients for FASD diagnosis to the National FASD Clinic in Surrey (https://www.fasdclinic.com/)? Did your refer any patients to the National FASD Clinic in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and in 2018, and if so, how many in each year?
6) What was your budget for services for FASD in each financial year since that starting in 2013 and including the current financial year?
7) Please provide copies of any agreed plans you have to expand the budget or services in coming years.
If you are considering rejecting this request on the grounds of the costs of responding exceeding the statutory limits then please respond to as many of the numbered items as possible within the limit, in the order they have been presented.

Yours faithfully,

Martin Butcher

foi (RBT) Mid Cheshire Tr, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Integrated Governance Department

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Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Leighton Hospital

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Crewe

Cheshire

CW1 4QJ

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foi (RBT) Mid Cheshire Tr, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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is an acknowledgement of your request. The Trust will provide you with a
full response within 20 working days. If your request has been submitted
after 17:00hrs Monday – Friday or at weekends, then the 20 working day
timeframe will commence from the following working day.

 

Best Regards,

 

Chris

 

Chris Myers

Information Governance Officer

Integrated Governance, Residences MD38

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Leighton Hospital, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 4QJ

Direct Line: 01270 273 820

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required to become accredited by NHS Digital, and submit evidence each
year to remain secure email providers. Both MCHFT and Microsoft O365 as a
platform have been accredited to the secure email standard for health and
care and both have passed the required clinical safety elements (SCCI 0160
and SCC0129) and achieved the ISB1596/SCCI1596 accreditation.
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1. Has your FOI request been responded to within 20 working days?
2. Were you satisfied with the response you received from the Trust?
3. Did you look on the Trusts publication scheme prior to submitting your
FOI request?
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Dear Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,

Thanks for your response.

1. Has your FOI request been responded to within 20 working days?
Yes
2. Were you satisfied with the response you received from the Trust?
It was comprehemsive.

3. Did you look on the Trusts publication scheme prior to submitting your
FOI request?
No

4. Is there anything you think the Trust can do to improve the FOI
process?
No

Yours faithfully,

Sandra Butcher

foi (RBT) Mid Cheshire Tr, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Request. This email
is an acknowledgement of your request. The Trust will provide you with a
full response within 20 working days. If your request has been submitted
after 17:00hrs Monday – Friday or at weekends, then the 20 working day
timeframe will commence from the following working day.

 

Best Regards

 

Yvonne Hughes

Information Governance Officer

 

Direct Line: 01270 273820

Extension:  3820

E-Mail:  [email address]

 

Integrated Governance Department

Flat MD37 - Residence

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Leighton Hospital

Middlewich Road

Crewe

Cheshire

CW1 4QJ

Please be aware the @mcht.nhs.uk email address is an accredited secure
email address, and is used by the Trust instead of @nhs.net.

In order to transfer PID information between organisations a secure email
connection is required and in order to achieve this standard, trusts are
required to become accredited by NHS Digital, and submit evidence each
year to remain secure email providers. Both MCHFT and Microsoft O365 as a
platform have been accredited to the secure email standard for health and
care and both have passed the required clinical safety elements (SCCI 0160
and SCC0129) and achieved the ISB1596/SCCI1596 accreditation.
A copy of this conformance statement is located on the NHS Digital website
on the link below to evidence to other trusts that we are a secure
provider https://digital.nhs.uk/nhsmail/secure-em....

For further information please contact [email address], or the
Information Governance Team at [email address]

If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender and
delete the e-mail and all attachments immediately. This e-mail (including
any attachments) may contain confidential and/or privileged information.
If you are not the intended recipient, any reliance on, use, disclosure,
dissemination, distribution or copying of this e-mail or attachments is
strictly prohibited. Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has
checked for viruses but the contents of an attachment may still contain
software viruses, which could damage your computer system. Mid Cheshire
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust does not accept liability for any damage
you sustain as a result of a virus introduced by this e-mail or any
attachment and you are advised to use up-to-date virus checking software.
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This e-mail is not intended, nor should it be taken to create any legal
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not necessarily represent those of Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation
Trust, unless otherwise specifically stated. If verification is required,
please request a hard copy version. Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation
Trust is not bound by or liable for any opinion, contractor or offer to
contract expressed in any e-mail.