Dear Merton Borough Council,

*Where applicable, annual can refer to your most recently recorded 12 month period*

1. Please can you confirm annual spend on healthcare locums through agencies (including therapy, pharmacy, social care and doctors).
2. Please also provide a breakdown for the 4 mentioned areas?
3. Please can you confirm annual spend on permanent recruitment through agencies for healthcare related roles?
4. Please may you confirm the contact details for the person/team responsible for locum placements through agencies?
5. Please may you confirm the contact details for the person/team responsible for permanent recruitment?

Yours faithfully,

Jacob Johnson

foi, Merton Borough Council

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Good morning Jacob,

Please could you provide clarification on what you mean by “health care”.

Does this mean staff such as Social Workers or Occupational Therapists, or
simply those within a health care setting i.e. embedded in a hospital
setting?

Kind regards,

HR FOI Responses

Human Resources

London Borough of Merton

020 8545 3285

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Dear HR FOIs,

Thank you for response. By healthcare we mean the 4 roles mentioned in question 1. It can also mean those in a hospital setting if this applies to your council.

Therapists can refer to occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists.
Social care refers to any type of support workers, social care workes.
Doctors can be any doctors including public health.

I hope this helps!

Yours sincerely,

Jacob Johnson

Dear HR FOIs,

Please can you confirm this request is under review?

Yours sincerely,

Jacob Johnson

HR FOIs, Merton Borough Council

Dear Jacob Johnson, 

  

Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations
2004 Information request F19673 

  

We have now considered your information request as set out below.   

  

You asked: 

  

1.             Please can you confirm annual spend on healthcare locums
through agencies (including therapy, pharmacy, social care and doctors). 

£5,201,613.19 

 

2.             Please also provide a breakdown for the 4 mentioned areas? 

Therapy*: £566,248.31 
Pharmacy: £0.00 
Social Care**: £4,635,364.88 
Doctors: £0.00 

*Therapy includes occupational therapists, speech and language therapists
and physiotherapists as per the clarification received. 

**Social Care includes support workers and social care workers as per the
clarification received. 

3.             Please can you confirm annual spend on permanent
recruitment through agencies for healthcare related roles? 

£0.00 - we do not use agencies for permanent recruitment 

4.             Please may you confirm the contact details for the
person/team responsible for locum placements through agencies? 

Names and associated contact details for officers below Assistant Director
level have been withheld, as the names of officers and consultants/agency
staff below Assistant Director level are considered exempt under FOI
Section 40(2), which applies to personal data when disclosure would be
contrary to any of the data protection principles. In this case disclosure
is not compatible with the first principle, which concerns fairness, as
the staff members concerned would legitimately not expect their names and
position titles to be disclosed outside of communications when they are
directly involved in service delivery. Where names have been disclosed
under the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, these can be found
here along with the names of Assistant Directors and above:
[1]https://www.merton.gov.uk/council-and-lo...

 

Merton Agency Recruitment Team – contactable at [2][email address

 

5.             Please may you confirm the contact details for the
person/team responsible for permanent recruitment? 

Names and associated contact details for officers below Assistant Director
level have been withheld, as the names of officers and consultants/agency
staff below Assistant Director level are considered exempt under FOI
Section 40(2), which applies to personal data when disclosure would be
contrary to any of the data protection principles. In this case disclosure
is not compatible with the first principle, which concerns fairness, as
the staff members concerned would legitimately not expect their names and
position titles to be disclosed outside of communications when they are
directly involved in service delivery. Where names have been disclosed
under the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, these can be found
here along with the names of Assistant Directors and above:
[3]https://www.merton.gov.uk/council-and-lo...

                 

Merton Recruitment Team – contactable at [4][email address

 

If you have any queries or concerns about this please contact me. 

  

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request or wish to
appeal against the decision to exempt any part of your request, you should
request an Internal Review at [5][Merton Borough Council request email] or
write in to Freedom of Information team, Merton Council, Civic Centre,
Morden, SM4 5DX. 

  

If you escalate to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) without
following the council’s internal review process, the ICO will refer you
back to the council to enable the correct process to be followed. 

  

You can also appeal to the Information Commissioner at:
[6]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/offi...

  

There is no charge for making an appeal.  

  

Yours sincerely 

HR FOI Responses

Human Resources

London Borough of Merton

020 8545 3285

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Dear HR FOIs,

Thank you so much for your response. If not too much trouble, can you please put the answers to questions 4 and 5 in a word document? The website I have used to submit my request has blocked the email addresses.

Yours sincerely,

Jacob Johnson

HR FOIs, Merton Borough Council

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Dear Jacob,

Please find attached a word version of our response.

Kind regards,
HR FOIs

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