Freedom of information response

Occupational Therapy Assessments

Publication date: 
Monday 10 June 2019
Request: 

1. Of adults receiving long term care and support, how many planned reviews have been completed in the last 12 months by the Council?

2. Of adults receiving long term care and support, what percentage received a planned review within the timescales set out and agreed by the Council?

3. Of adults in receipt of equipment and / or adaptations, how many of these received a planned review?

4. What percentage of planned reviews are done face to face?

5. What percentage of planned reviews are done over the telephone or via another method?

6. What is the average waiting time for Service Users of Adult Social Care from request for Occupational Therapy Assessment to the assessment being carried out?

7. What is the longest waiting time for Service Users of Adult Social Care from request for Occupational Therapy Assessment to the assessment being carried out?

8. Do you use any third parties to deliver Occupational Therapy assessments (e.g. locums, private sector organisations or self-employed Occupational Therapists)?

9. If so, please give the name of the organisation(s) and the number of assessments completed by each during the period 1.1.2018 to 1.1.2019

10. Do you have an official contract with any of the above organisations and if so, when is this due to end?

11. Can you please provide contact details for the current Head of Adult Services and Review/Reassessment Team Manager

Response: 

1.

49 reviews have been completed in the past year 1st May 2018 – 30th April 2019

2

N/A – long term support is not commissioned as an outcome of an Occupational Therapy Assessment

3.

29

4.

63.3%

5.

36.7%

6.

7 weeks

7. 209 days

8. Yes – external provider

9.

523 by external provider

10. Yes, contract ends 30/09/2020 with option to trigger plus 1 plus 1

11.

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 one of the data protection principles. This aspect of Section 40 is an Absolute Exemption and is therefore not subject to the Public Interest Test.

The names of officers working for the Council is personal data specific to them. 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 on the part of team Managers (or other officers working below the level of Director) that their names and job titles / positions would be published into the wider public domain under FOI. A disclosure made under FOI constitutes a publication to the world at large. We believe that to disclose this would be likely to breach the first Principle of the Data Protection Act by unfairly contravening their right to privacy and confidentiality in the work place.

However, in the interests of transparency we are able to share details relating to senior officers (Director  level and above). For these officers, there is already a greater expectation of openness about their role given their level of accountability for service provision and budgetary decision making.

The Corporate Director of Adults, Health & Commissioning is Roger Harris, who can be contacted via the following web link: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/chief-executive-and-directors-board/responsibilities-of-chief-executive-and-directors-board.

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Request reference:
FOI 9066