Freedom of information response

Adult Social Care Commissioning Team inspections

Publication date: 
Tuesday 17 September 2019
Request: 

1) Any Inspections reports carried out by your local authority adult social care commissioning team, in to care homes (both residential and nursing) for adults.

2)

i) Figures for how many people were enrolled in a course to achieve a basic care certificate from your local authority?

ii) Figures for how many people gained the qualification of a basic care certificate from your local authority.

iii) Figures for total number of care workers working in your local authority with a basic care certificate.

For the response to question 1 and 2 could you include figures for the last three years from the date the request is received where possible, i.e. from 08/08/2019,  08/08/2019 and  08/08/2017 . For question 2 could the information be provided in an excel format where possible.

Response: 

1. 182 inspections, this figure includes Full inspections and Follow Up inspections

2. i) 9

2. ii) 2019 = 0, 2018 = 0, 2017 = 1

2. iii) 1

With regards to Question 1, unfortunately we are unable to provide in full the information you have requested. We do hold the information but an absolute exemption applies. Personal Information (Section 40,2)

Personal data of any other person (third party data) is exempt under section 40(2) if disclosure would breach of the data protection principles. This aspect of Section 40 is an Absolute Exemption and is therefore not subject to the Public Interest Test. 

This means we have balanced the legitimate interests of the public in having access to the information (under FOI a disclosure is a publication to the world at large) against the interests of the individual under the first principle of the Data Protection Act.

The data contained within inspection reports is personal data specific to the care homes.  It is therefore subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act.  Information can be withheld if its disclosure would be likely to breach one or more of the Principles of the Data Protection Act.  There is no prior expectation that their addresses would be published into the wider public domain under FOI.  A disclosure made under FOI constitutes a publication to the world at large.  These reports would not be publically available.

We have developed our own, in house, training programme for all care assistants, which we believe goes beyond the standard required for completion of the Care Certificate. The training has been in place covering the period you have requested data for, previously we were using the Care Certificate. Training is mandatory, hence, all care staff have completed the programme.

You are free to use any information supplied to you for your own use, including non-commercial research purposes. However, any other type of re-use, for example, by publishing the information or issuing copies to the public will require the permission of the copyright owner.

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Request reference:
FOI 9338