Serious Untoward Incidents, Disciplinary Proceedings and References

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Date: 
11 Mar 2013
FOI Ref No: 
1095

The Trust is writing in response to your request dated 15th February

Taking your questions in turn

  1. In each of the complete calendar years 2010, 2011 and 2012, please state the total number of serious untoward incidents which have been reported within your Trust
    2010 - 41
    2011 - 27
    2012 - 26
  2. Please state in respect of each complete calendar year 2010, 2011 and 2012, the total number of registered medical practitioners who have been identified in the serious untoward incident reports.
    We are unable to identify the number of registered medical practitioners who have been identified in SUIs dating from 2010 because this would take the request above the ‘appropriate limit’ in FOI terms. Each SUI would have to be pulled and looked through individually to be able to identify this, which would take more than 18 hours of work. For guidance on the ‘appropriate limit’ please see the Trust public website at this link http://www.heatherwoodandwexham.nhs.uk/foi/charging-regimes , or the Information Commissioner’s website at www.ico.gov.uk
  3. Please state in respect of each complete calendar year 2010, 2011 and 2012, the total number of registered nursing practitioners who have been identified in the serious untoward incident reports
    We are unable to identify the number of registered nursing practitioners who have been identified in SUIs dating from 2010 because this would take the request above the ‘appropriate limit’ in FOI terms. Each SUI would have to be pulled and looked through individually to be able to identify this, which would take more than 18 hours of work. For guidance on the appropriate limit, please see the Trust website at this web link; www.heatherwoodandwexham.nhs.uk/foi/charging-regimes or the Information Commissioner’s website at www.ico.gov.uk.
  4. Please state in respect of each complete calendar year 2010, 2011 and 2012, the total number of registered midwives who have been identified in the serious untoward incident reports.
    We are unable to identify the number of registered midwives who have been identified in SUIs dating from 2010 because this would take the request above the ‘appropriate limit’ in FOI terms. Each SUI would have to be pulled and looked through individually to be able to identify this, which would take more than 18 hours of work For guidance on the appropriate limit, please see the Trust website at this web link; www.heatherwoodandwexham.nhs.uk/foi/charging-regimes or the Information Commissioner’s website at www.ico.gov.uk.
  5. Please state in respect of each complete calendar year 2010, 2011 and 2012, of the registered medical practitioners identified how many:
    a) have been the subject of disciplinary proceedings;
    b) were referred to the General Medical Council
    2010: a) 1; b) 3
    2011: a) 1; b) 7
    2012: a) 1; b) none
  6. Please state in respect of each complete calendar year 2010, 2011 and 2012, of the registered nursing practitioners identified how many:
    a) have been the subject of disciplinary proceedings;
    b) were referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council
    There have been no formal disciplinaries for trained nurses in the specified period
  7. Please state in respect of each complete calendar year 2010, 2011 and 2012, of the registered midwives identified how many:
    a) have been the subject of disciplinary proceedings;
    b) were referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council
    There have been 3 midwives during the 3-year period subject to disciplinary and 2 have been referred to the NMC.
  8. Please state whether you routinely provide references when registered medical practitioners move to alternative employment. If so, please state whether it is your normal practice to include information about serious untoward incident reports and/or patient complaints to the new employer, whether or not it has been requested.
    The Trust routinely provides references when registered medical practitioners move to alternative employment. We would provide information about patient complaints and SUI’s where relevant, particularly when these have resulted in formal disciplinary proceedings.
  9. Please state whether you routinely provide references when registered nursing practitioners move to alternative employment. If so, please state whether it is your normal practice to include information about serious untoward incident reports and/or patient complaints to the new employer, whether or not it has been requested.
    The Trust routinely provides references when registered nursing practitioners move to alternative employment. We would provide information about patient complaints and SUI’s where relevant, particularly when these have resulted in formal disciplinary proceedings.
  10. Please state whether you routinely provide references when registered midwives move to alternative employment. If so, please state whether it is your normal practice to include information about serious untoward incident reports and/or patient complaints to the new employer, whether or not it has been requested.
    The Trust routinely provides references when registered midwives move to alternative employment. We would provide information about patient complaints and SUI’s where relevant, particularly when these have resulted in formal disciplinary proceedings.
  11. Please state whether it is your normal practice to seek such information when offering employment to registered medical practitioners, and/or registered nursing practitioners and/or registered midwives.
    We always obtain references in accordance with NHS Employers Safer Recruitment Guidelines and NHSLA/CQC standards. A copy of the employment reference form is attached.