Salisbury Foundation Trust

FOI_5167

Internal Reference Number: FOI_5167

Date Request Received: 17/07/2019 12:46:26

Date Request Replied To: 14/08/2019 14:41:24

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Request Summary: Immigration Enforcement Checking and information re: Overseas Visitor Managers

Request Category: Private Individuals






 
Question Number 1:
Please confirm;

Whether the Trust has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Home Office regarding the Immigration Enforcement Checking and Advisory Service (IECAS) helpline. If so, please provide a copy of that MoU
 
Answer To Question 1:
None
 
Question Number 2:
For each financial year since 2017/18 and including 2019/20, the number of patients whose information and/or data was shared with the Home Office without the patient's knowledge or permission, and the basis for this information sharing. Please state the categories of information that were disclosed (e.g. country of origin)
 
Answer To Question 2:
During this period the Trust shared limited data with the Home Office to determine the immigration status of two patients. This will have included their nationality, d.o.b, passport number, address in UK and abroad and visa number, if appropriate.
 
Question Number 3:
Staff training slides (or Word documents, pdfs) used in any training/guidance sessions, related to patient charging, delivered by Overseas Visitor Managers to Trust staff since July 2017.
 
Answer To Question 3:
The Trust has used information posters and materials available from NHS Improvements.
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/nhs-visitor-and-migrant-cost-recovery-programme#guidance-for-nhs-organisations
 
Question Number 4:
Copies of the training material used to train Overseas Visitor Managers in relation to identifying patients ineligible for free NHS care
 
Answer To Question 4:
See response to Q4 and Q5.
 
Question Number 5:
Any checklist, guidance, policies or procedures currently used by Overseas Visitor Managers to identify patients who may be ineligible for free NHS care under the overseas patient charging rules
 
Answer To Question 5:
Please find attached the Overseas Visitors PolicyOverseas Visitors Policy - V1.1 Final.pdf
 
Question Number 6:
Does the Trust record the ethnicity or nationality of patients who are asked to provide evidence/proof of their eligibility for free NHS care? If so, please provide this data for 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 (year to date)
 
Answer To Question 6:
The Trust does not request details of ethnicity. Nationality may be queried at the time of treatment but this information is not retained.
 
Question Number 7:
Please list the circumstances under which, under current Trust/DHSC policy, the Trust shares the home address of past or current patients with the Home Office
 
Answer To Question 7:
Other than disclosed in response to Q2 above, the Trust has not released any other information to the Home Office.
 
Question Number 8:
Have any Trust staff faced disciplinary procedures for not cooperating with the identification or charging of patients ineligible for free NHS care since October 2017?
 
Answer To Question 8:
No
Please see attachments:
Overseas Visitors Policy - V1.1 Final.pdf
 
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