Salisbury Foundation Trust


Internal Reference Number: FOI_4559

Date Request Received: 17/08/2018 14:19:03

Date Request Replied To: 30/11/2018 09:43:30

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Request Summary: Misuse of messaging platforms by staff

Request Category: Media

Question Number 1:
For the last 5 years (2014-2018 inclusive), how many staff or contractors at your Trust have been investigated for improperly using messaging platforms (such as, but not limited to, Whatsapp) to communicate information relating to patients?
Answer To Question 1:
Question Number 2:
In the same years, how many staff or contractors were sanctioned/disciplined for doing so?

For each sanction please say what it was; for example, if it was a monetary fine, please give a value; if it was a suspension, please give the duration
Answer To Question 2:
Question Number 3:
For each incident of a staff member or contractor being investigated and/or sanctioned, please say:

(a) what messaging platform was involved

(b) the individual's broad role at the Trust, for example doctor (junior or consultant), nurse, managment
Answer To Question 3:
Not Applicable
Question Number 4:
For each incident of a staff member or contractor being investigated and/or sanctioned, please say whether the patient or patients concerned were informed that a possible misuse of their data had taken place.
Answer To Question 4:
Not Applicable
Question Number 5:
Does your Trust have explicit rules against such use? If so, please point to them.
Answer To Question 5:
The Trust has in place a Social Media Policy which is currently under review:
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