Shining Stars Party Costs

Peter Starch made this Freedom of Information request to North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust,

I write further to the following article in the Daily Mail:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...

My Freedom of Information request is in relation to the party ‘Shining Stars‘, referred to in the article, which I believe occurred on 19 October 2012.

Please provide the following information:

1. The name of every person invited to this event.

2. How much was budgeted in total for this event.

3. How much North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust paid the Wynyard Rooms to host this event.

4. How much did each meal cost per head.

5. What did the menu consist of?

6. What was the total cost of alcohol at this event?

7. What entertainment was booked for the event and its cost?

8. Please provide the names of the other venues looked at before
booking the Wynyard Rooms.

9. Please provide details of the quotes from these venues.

10. Please provide details of all sponsors for the event and their level of sponsorship.

11. Please provide the total cost to North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust for hosting this event.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Starch

FOI (RVW) Freedom Of Information, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Peter

Thank you for your request of 21 October which I aim to answer by 19
November

Yours sincerely

Claire

Claire Young
Head of Communications
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
Room 411, North Wing
The University Hospital of North Tees
Hardwick
Stockton on Tees
TS19 8PE

01642 624339

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Dear FOI (RVW) Freedom Of Information,

You have failed to respond to my FOI request. It is now significantly overdue. Please respond as a matter of urgency.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Starch

FOI (RVW) Freedom Of Information, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Peter

I am sorry for the delay in responding. I should be in a position to respond to you later this week

Claire

Claire Young
Head of Communications
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
Room 411, North Wing
The University Hospital of North Tees
Hardwick
Stockton on Tees
TS19 8PE

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Dear North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust,

Your response is long over-due without a reasonable explanation as to why.

A response should have been provided by 19 November. You failed to do so.

I reminded you on 7 December. You responded on 10 December (a Monday) saying that you would respond that week. You have failed to do so or notify me of a reason for the further delay.

You are now in breach of the Freedom of Information Act. If I do not receive a substantive response by 14:00 on 19 December 2012, a month after the request response was due by you, I shall report you to the Information Commissioner for failing to respond to a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Starch

FOI (RVW) Freedom Of Information, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

To: Peter Starch [mailto:[FOI #134522 email]]

Dear Peter

Thank you for your request of 21 October. I am very sorry for the delay in responding.

You asked about our Shining Stars reward and recognition event for staff. This is the second year of this event which is very popular and much appreciated by our staff who have the opportunity to nominate their colleagues for awards to recognise their efforts in, for example, working as a team, developing services or working behind the scenes.

1. The name of every person invited to this event.

We are not prepared to disclose the name of every person attending the event. However there were 260 people at the event, which included:

- the Shining Stars nominees
- the colleague who nominated them
- the sponsors
- the judging panel
- some members of the board of directors

2. How much was budgeted in total for this event?

£20,000

We have a general charitable fund to support staff and the event was paid for from this fund.

3. How much North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust paid the Wynyard Rooms to host this event?

£17,119.26

4. How much did each meal cost per head?

£35

5. What did the menu consist of?

Soup
Beef Wellington
Chocolate Gateaux

6. What was the total cost of alcohol at this event?

£754

7. What entertainment was booked for the event and its cost?

Live band £975

8. Please provide the names of the other venues looked at before booking the Wynyard Rooms.

We looked at other venues for the 2011 event (Hardwick Hall Hotel and Wynyard Park) but we chose went Wynyard Rooms because they offered to sponsor the event by providing the venue free (only charging for the meal and refreshments). They also provided the reception drinks. We also made the decision to use the Wynyard Rooms on the basis of quality, location and reputation. Taken together this was the best package on offer.

They offered the same deal in 2012 with no inflationary increase

9. Please provide details of the quotes from these venues.

We did not get quotes for the 2012 event (see above)

10. Please provide details of all sponsors for the event and their level of sponsorship.

Teesside University £500
BDO £400
Turner & Townsend 2 Spa Vouchers
Capita Kindle
Allocate £400 John Lewis Vouchers
Royal College of Nursing £250
Eversheds 4 x £25 Debenhams vouchers
Ward Hadaway Golf Voucher and spa vouchers
DAC Beachcroft Kindle
The Wynyard Rooms Welcome reception drinks

11. Please provide the total cost to North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust for hosting this event.


£17,119.26

I hope this information is helpful.

If you are unhappy with the response please get in touch straightaway to see if we can address your concerns.
Alternatively you may prefer to take your concerns through our formal complaints procedure by writing to:

The Patient Relations Department
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust University Hospital of North Tees Stockton on Tees
TS19 8PE

Claire Young
Head of Communications
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust The University Hospital of North Tees Hardwick Stockton on Tees
TS19 8PE

01642 624339

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