Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Freedom of Information Disclosures

The NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) receive Freedom of Information (FOI) requests for a wide range of information.  Listed in the disclosure log at the bottom of this page are those requests that NHS Dorset CCG believe may be of wider public interest or when the information is frequently requested. Personal details such as names and addresses are redacted to protect requestor’s privacy.

Please note: Information contained in any of the documents available was correct at the time of the response, but may now be out of date and should not be relied upon.

If you are looking for NHS Dorset CCG policies please follow this link to our policy pages. 

Frequently requested information

Details of CCG members can be found here

Copies of NHS Dorset CCG polices can be found here

On 1 April 2013 the new NHS commissioning organisations came into force.  The new Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) along with the National Commissioning Board (NHS England) will lead on commissioning health services for local populations taking over form Primary Care Trusts and Specialised Commissioning Trusts.

Before submitting a Freedom of Information (FOI) request please check where responsibility for the service or function has been transferred to.  Some useful websites are NHS England (website contains information about the new organisations, processes and responsibilities) and the Department of Health.

In summary (this is not an exhaustive list)

The CCGs will commission elective hospital care, urgent and emergency care, community healthcare and mental healthcare & learning disability services for its own population.

NHS England will lead on primary care contracting (GP Contracting, Dental, Pharmacy), specialised services, offender healthcare, secure mental health care and some armed forces healthcare.

Local Authorities will take on the responsibility of Public Health which includes sexual health services, drug and alcohol treatment, health checks, school nursing programmes, giving up smoking programmes and services to prevent childhood obesity. 

Public Health England

Freedom of Information Disclosure Log

July 2014

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
078 Long acting anti-psychotic injectables (LAI) 31 July Link
079 Rheumatology Services 21 July Link
081 The Haven Unit 25 July Link
086 Prescribing rebate schemes 21 July Link

August 2014

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
084 IVF treatment 7 August Link
085 GP Federations 5 August Link
087 Paediatric continence 6 August Link
091 Any Qualified Provider Contracts 6 August Link
095 Invoice expenditure 26 August Link
097 Formularies for intermittent self catherterisation 5 August Link
099 GPwSI 7 August Link
101 Punctuate Inner Choroidopathy 18 August Link

September 2014

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
116 Fact Finding Trips 17 September Link
117 Fees paid to the Confederation of British Industry 8 September Link
118 Legal claims / incidents involving Warfarin 2003 - 2013 22 September Link
133 Any Qualified Provider 23 September Link
136 Data Protection Act breaches 22 September Link
137 Wheelchair Services for Motor Neurone Disease Patients 22 September Link

October 2014 

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
127 Mental Health Strategy 6 October Link 
      Five Year Plan
128 Parity of Esteem 6 October Link 
129 Physiotherapy for MSK 6 October Link 
134 Cancer Diagnostics 6 October Link 
139 Telehealth and Telecare Services  6 October Link 
      Patient Story
      Case Study
      Leaflet
140 Pain Medication 6 October Link 
142 Any Qualified Provider 6 October Link 
144 Weight Management 13 October Link 
      Active Choices information
      Active Choices patient information
147 Probation Orders in the Community 13 October Link 
148 Medicines Management 13 October Link 
152 Nano Pen Needles 6 October Link 
154 Spinal Cord Stimulation 8 October Link 
156 Cholesterol Data 13 October Link 
158 Smear testing and breast screening   20 October Link 

 

November 2014 

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
149 MSK/Integrated pathway contract 11/11/2014 Link 
161 Decommissioning of CHC and Mental Health Services 03/11/2014 Link 
163 NHS Clinical Services 19/11/2014 Link 
164 GP Vacancies and Avoidable Admissions 12/11/2014 Link 
165 Dementia Care 26/11/2014 Link 
167 GP Cancer Referrals 12/11/2014 Link 
168 District Nurses 03/11/2014 Link 
171 Job Vacancies advertised outside of England, Wales and Northern Ireland 19/11/2014 Link 
176 Orthopedic Triage 19/11/2014 Link 
179 Employment of RMN's, CAMHs Practioners, CPN's and Qualified Social Workers  24/11/2014 Link 
186 Practice Manager email addresses 28/11/2014 Link 
187 Hospital Information Systems 28/11/2014 Link 

December 2014

170 Contracts for NHS Clinical Services 12/12/2014 Link 
175 Commissioning Policies 01/12/2014 Link 
177 Testing for Lynch Syndrome 15/12/2014 Link 
178 Men's Health 10/12/2014 Link 
181 Withdrawal of CCG Governing Body members from meetings 10/12/2014 Link 
184 NHS Continuing Healthcare Assessment Co-ordinators 15/12/2014 Link 
192 Specific IT contracts 17/12/2014 Link 
194 CHC Fee Rate Calculations 24/12/2014 Link 
195 Prescribing of Anti-Depressant Drugs for patients under 16 years old 09/12/2014 Link 
214 GP Practice Closures 24/12/2014 Link 
215 GP Email Addresses 29/12/2014

Link 

January 2015

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
190 Translation of Patient Information 05/01/2015 Link
191 Performance Report for Out of Hours GP Provider 16/01/2015 Link
193 Complex Care Packages 19/01/2015 Link
199 Individual Funding Requests 05/01/2015 Link
200 Restrictions placed on surgery and treatments 16/01/2015 Link
201 Financial information relating to Somatropin 05/01/2015 Link
202 Share of Government's £250m fund for elective patients 20/01/2015 Link
205 CRB Checks 13/01/2015 Link
209 Commissioning of out of hours staffing 26/01/2015 Link
211 Retrospective NHS Continuing Healthcare Claims 29/01/2015 Link
212 Personal Health Budgets 08/01/2015 Link
213 Continuing Healthcare Funding for prison inmates/offenders 26/01/2015 Link
214 ECG machines in GP Practices 26/01/2015 Link
218 Procedures using a da Vinci robot 15/01/2015 Link
220 Procurement and disposal of equipment 21/01/2015 Link
226 GP's absent due to work related stress, anxiety or depression 19/01/2015 Link

February 2015

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
223 Contractual Dispiutes with IT Suppliers 12/02/2015 Link
229 CAMHS Tier 3 17/02/2015 Link to table link to response
231 Psychological Therapies & Mindfulness Sessions 03/02/2015 Link 
235 Re-induction at Prisons 05/02/2015 Link 
237 Pharmaceutical Rebate Schemes 05/02/2015 Link 
241 Type 2 Structured Diabetes Education Programmes 05/02/2015 Link 
242 Alcohol Services 16/02/2015 Link 
244 Congestive Heart Failure and Urninary Tract Infection 24/02/2015 Link 
245 Hearing Aids 10/02/2015 Link 
248 Individual Fundign Requests  for years 2013/14 & 14/15 19/02/2015 Link 
249 Commissioned provision for lymphoedema/chronic oedema 19/02/2015 Link 
253 CAMHS Referrals 17/02/2015 Link 
255 Fracture Liaison Services 19/02/2015 Link 
256 Persistent Pain 17/02/2015 Link 
262 Specialist Nurses for Neurological Conditions 23/02/2015 Link 

March 2015

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
247 Spend on IT Training 05/03/2015 Link 
250 Enhanced Services 04/03/2015 Link 
260 Media Management Platforms 04/03/2015 Link 
266 Hearing Aids 23/03/2015 Link 
267 Email Addresses of GP Practice Managers 02/03/2015 Link 
268 Homeopathic Medicine 09/03/2015 Link 
269 Tenders for NHS-funded services 26/03/2015 Link 
272 Competitive Tenders 26/03/2015 Link 
275 Bariatric Surery Eligibility 13/03/2015 Link 
280 Lifestyle Behaviours 11/03/2015 Link 
287 Formulary for Incontinence Prescriptions 26/03/2015 Link 
289 GP Federations 26/03/2015 Link 

April 2015

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
290 Pulmonary Rehabilitation for COPD sufferers 07/04/2015 Link 
291 Funding to optimise medicines management 24/04/2015 Link 
292 IAPT Service 02/04/2015 Link 
293 Barrett's Oesophagus 02/04/2015 Link 
01 Laboratory Testing Data 08/04/2015 Link 
02 Time taken off work by GP's due to Mental Health 09/04/2015 Link 
03 Referral for Cataract Surgery 30/04/2015 Link 
04 Continuing Healthcare Fraud 24/04/2015 Link 
14 Information regarding GP Salaries 24/04/2015 Link 
16 Information regarding GP Retirements 28/04/2015 Link 

May 2015

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
05 Dermatology services 06/05/2015 Link 
011 Continence services 05/05/2015 Link 
015 Re-use of aids for the elderly 21/05/2015 Link 
019 PMS Budgets 27/05/2015 Link 
020 Communication and Media Leaks 06/05/2015 Link 
021 Abortion Service Costing 06/05/2015 Link 
022 Independent Sector Abortion Charging 27/05/2015 Link 
023 Contact Centre & Inbound Network Services Contracts 27/05/2015 Link 
024 Vision Screening for Children 07/05/2015 Link 
025 Non-Invasive Cardiology Diagnostic Testing 27/05/2015 Link 
028 Prescribing Incentive Schemes 06/05/2015 Link 
029 Primary Care Rebate Schemes 12/05/2015 Link 
031 Primary Care Rebate Schemes 21/05/2015 Link 
032 Wet Age Macular Degeneration 27/05/2015 Link 
033 Foot Care for Diabetics 27/05/2015 Link 
036 Prescribing Rebate Schemes & QIPP Prescribing 27/05/2015 Link 

June 2015

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
034 Adult hearing services 15/06/2015 Link
035 CHC fast track applications 08/06/2015 Link
038 Mental health budgets 11/06/2015 Link
039 Clinical services review 01/06/15 Link
044 Patient appointment reminders 01/06/2015 Link
049 Learning and development lead details 08/06/2015 Link
051 Organisational charts for hospitals 11/06/2015 Link
053 Adult audiology 24/06/2015 Link
054 Work programmes 24/06/2015 Link
056 Locum GPs 12/06/2015 Link
057 Contracts relating to suppliers for homeopathic services 15/06/2015 Link
060 Special severance payments  24/06/2015           Link
061 Commissioning of mental health crisis house services 24/06/2015 Link

July 2015

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
059 Number of people treated for alcohol addiction 13/07/2015 Link
063 IVF policy 13/07/2015 Link
064 Formulary for provision of urology products 13/07/2015 Link
071 Treatments not normally undertaken 22/07/2015 Link
072 Physiotheraphy costs 17/07/2015 Link
073 Guidelines for prescribing gluten free foods 17/07/2015 Link
074 Supply of agency allied health & health science professionals 17/07/2015 Link
080 Access to services 17/07/2015 Link
085 Spend on obesity 21/07/2015 Link
086 Wig provision for dermatology patients 23/07/2015 Link
091 IVF treatment 27/07/2015 Link
097 Fostering of under 18s 28/07/2015 Link

April 2016

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
 002  BMI Criteria for Hop/Knee Replacement Patients  11/04/16  Link
 003  Palliative Care for Children with Life Shortening Conditions  11/04/16  Link
 007  Providers Signed up to John's Campaign  11/04/16  Link
 010  Heart Failure Data  25/04/16  Link
 011  Commissioned Hypnotherapy Services  11/04/16  Link
 013  Invoice Expenditure  03/05/16   Link
 014  Organisational Structure of Medical Staff  11/04/16  Link
 016  Emergency Contraception for Teenagers   11/04/16  Link
 020  Services provided in the area at the establishment of the CCG  19/04/16  Link
 021  Commissioning Guidelines for Septorhinoplasty and Rhinoplasty  18/04/16  Link
 022  Recycled Equipment for Disabled and Terminally Ill Children  19/04/16  Link
 024  Follow Up Ratios in the Pain Service  19/04/16  Link

 May 2016

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
 013  Invoice Expenditure  03/05/16  Link
 019  Commissioned services for children with life shortening conditions  09/05/16  Link
 023  Care and Treatment Reviews  11/05/16  Link
 027  Area Prescribing Committee  04/05/16  Link
 031  Management of Obesity  17/05/16  Link
 032  Contaminated Blood Transfusions  04/05/16  Link
 036  Hospital Parking Fees  10/05/16  Link
 039  Prostate Cancer  25/05/16  Link
 047  Blood Glucose   24/05/16  Link
 055  Wisdom Teeth Extraction  27/05/16  Link

June 2016

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
 040  Mental Health Services- Talking Therapies  08/06/16  Link
 041  Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services  01/06/16  Link
 043  Data Protection Act Breaches  13/06/16  Link
 045  Diamorphine Prescription Rates  03/06/16  Link
 048  Continuing Healthcare Funding  08/06/16  Link
 049  Annual Report and Business Plan  03/06/16  Link
 051  Ophthalmology Procedures  15/06/16  Link
 063  Erectile Dysfunction Service  24/06/16  Link
 064  Companion Diagnostic Testing  07/06/16  Link
 066  Process Flows  07/06/16  Link
 067  Drug Review dates  09/06/16  Link
 068  Assisted Conception  20/06/16  Link
 070  People living with HIV  20/06/16  Link
 071  Mental Health Provision - Homeless Persons  20/06/16  Link
 073  Prescribing - Blood Glucose  16/06/16  Link
 077  Dental Services  17/06/16  Link

July 2016

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
 076  CHC Funding Approval  14/07/2016  Link
 078  Homoeopathy Treatments  07/07/2016  Link
 082  Locum Doctor Spend  05/07/2016  Link
 084  Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Services  22/07/2016  Link
 086  Chemsex  11/07/2016  Link
 090  Vedolizumab  19/07/2016  Link
 093  Individual Patient Treatment Funding  18/07/2016  Link
 096  Prescribing Decision Support  22/07/2016  Link
 100  Cyber Abuse  27/07/2016  Link

August 2016

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
FOI 094 Arthroplasty Services 09/08/2016 Link
FOI 095 Commissioned Services for Neurological conditions 04/08/2016 Link
FOI 097 Management of COPD and Smoking Cessation 01/08/2016 Link
FOI 101 Hip Replacements 10/08/2016 Link
FOI 104 Health consequences of taking the contraceptive pill 02/08/2016 Link
FOI 105 Asthma pathway/treatment guidelines 04/08/2016 Link
FOI 112 Type 1 Diabetes 31/08/2016 Link
FOI 114 Any Qualified Provider Contracts 19/08/2016 Link
FOI 118 Prescribing and cost of over the counter drugs 12/08/2016 Link
FOI 120 GP Practice List Closures 18/08/2016 Link
FOI 121 Private Health Insurance 18/08/2016 Link
FOI 122 Venous thromboembolism in nursing care homes 23/08/2016 Link
FOI 132 Antidepressant Prescriptions 26/08/2016 Link

September 2016

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
FOI 102 Bereavement Counselling 05/09/2016 Link
FOI 106 Organisational Structure 21/09/2016 Link and chart
FOI 123 Use of Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 02/09/2016 Link
FOI 124 Sustainability & Transformation Plan 15/09/2016 Link
FOI 127 Electric Vechicle Charging 02/09/2016 Link
FOI 130 Care Packages under Section 117 02/09/2016 Link
FOI 131 District and Practice Nurses 06/09/2016 Link
FOI 133 AMD/DESP Service Providers 21/09/2016 Link
FOI 135 NHS Funded Mental Health Services 19/09/2016 Link
FOI 141 Non-NHS contracts 06/09/2016 Link
FOI 147 Occupational Therapists 30/09/2016 Link
FOI 148 Tier 3 Obesity Services 30/09/2016 Link
FOI 160 Cervical screening attendance times for out of hours. CCG activity undertaken to increase screening attendance. 30/09/2016 Link

October 2016

Reference Number Subject Date of response Link to response
FOI 144 FCP Testing for Bowel Disease 03/10/2016 Link
FOI 146 Obstructive Sleep Apnoea 13/10/2016 Link
FOI 153 Specialist Urology Services 17/10/2016 Link
FOI 156 ADHD transition from children's services to adults 13/10/2016 Link
FOI 157 Delayed care or treatment on grounds of obesity or smoking 03/10/2016 Link
FOI 158 Pharmaceutical products with rebate agreements  06/10/2016 Link
FOI 159 Patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness 03/10/2016 Link
FOI 161 Patient Participation Groups 27/10/2016 Link
FOI 162 Mental health patients who also face financial difficulties  27/10/2016 Link
FOI 163 GP Practice Closures 20/10/2016 Link
FOI 169 Funding requests from Ambulance Trust/Acute Hospital to deploy ambulance handover clinicians in ED to improve turnaround times.  07/10/2016 Link
FOI 170 Guidelines relating to SIP feeds for adults and children.  14/10/2016 Link
FOI 176 NICE approved treatments and drugs 27/10/2016 Link
FOI 179 Commissioning policy for Tier 3 weight management clinics & Tier 4 Bariatric Surgery 25/10/2016 Link
FOI 180 Information relating to waste & sharps 24/10/2016 Link
FOI 188 CHC Choice & Equity Policy 31/10/2016 Link