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CHC Neurological Conditions (1819050)

1. The total number of service users in residential nursing care receiving CHC funding with complex neurological conditions (and possibly with behaviours that may challenge) eg ABI, spinal cord injury, Motor Neurone and Huntington’s disease from NHS Calderdale CCG. If available, please provide a split by primary condition?

Refusal Notice Issued (request would exceed the cost threshold as defined by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004).  Please see below,

2. The total number of service users with these conditions in residential nursing care who are in short term rehabilitation vs long term steady state care.

Refusal Notice Issued (request would exceed the cost threshold as defined by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004).  Please see below,

3. The number of service users with these conditions in residential nursing care from NHS Calderdale CCG who are sent out of area.

Refusal Notice Issued (request would exceed the cost threshold as defined by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004).  Please see below,

 4. A list of any frameworks used by NHS Calderdale CCG to place services users with these conditions with independent residential nursing care providers.

NHS Calderdale CCG places individual’s with providers on a case-by-case basis ensuring the provision meets their individual needs. There are no specific “frameworks” as such but the CCG does make use of a range of evidence based assurances, for example, Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports.

Refusal Notice – Q1-3

In relation to Q1 to Q3 we believe that the cost of complying with your request would exceed the cost threshold as defined by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.  As a result, we are refusing your request under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Section 12 of the Act allows a public authority to refuse a request if the cost of providing the information to the applicant would exceed the ‘appropriate limit’ as defined by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

The Regulations provide that the appropriate limit to be applied to requests received by public authorities is £450 (equivalent to 2.5 days of work).  In estimating the cost of complying with a request for information, an authority can only take into account any reasonable costs incurred in:

“(a) determining whether it holds the information,
(b) locating the information, or a document which may contain the information,
(c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information, and
(d) extracting the information from a document containing it”.

We have made an assessment, and for the CCG to provide information relating to its current service users alone (2018-to-date), it would need to undertake a manual trawl of 237 electronic records, many of which are substantial in volume, to locate and extract the information requested (on the basis that it comprises part of individual records searched). According to our estimates, completing this piece of work alone would easily exceed of the appropriate limit as set out above.

If you would like to discuss ways of narrowing your request to bring it within the cost threshold, please do not hesitate to contact us.  However, on the basis of our assessment, we feel it is unlikely that this could be achieved.

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