Case Number 7910
Request Date 21/04/2021
Completion Date  


Details of the Request

How much has been spent and the number of patients seen via Insourcing, Outsourcing and the Hospitals own Waiting List initiatives in the last 3 years?

In the most recent FY in the 12 months ending March 2021


With regards to the requested clarification please see below:

  • Insourcing we would be looking at the definition being described as an external organisation which works within a Trust to provide services to NHS Patients.
  • Outsourcing – using an external provider and facilities on behalf of the NHS

To support I have attached a sample template document if required.


Request for Clarification

Because of the way the Trust worked with the private hospitals during the pandemic patients were sent to the private sector at the end of their spells or middle of their spells: how do you want to account for that?

Also as an observation: due to the COVID pandemic the template is not easily completed. We as an organisation have not had to fund a lot of the outsourcing and therefore if the form was simply completed the information will be distorted. In these circumstances can you suggest a way that this form could be more accurately completed?


Requester's Response

Perhaps if you can split it between those funded by yourselves and those funded elsewhere.

Most services have some provision whether this be using insourcing, outsourcing or own waiting list initiatives. The data we are asking for should be centralised and segmented via invoicing and financial data to identify which providers, and type such as those insourcers, have been used by each speciality. The number of patients should be obtainable through similar means. To limit, this would be for all elective / day case / outpatient specialities so not emergency or maternity services


Details of the Response

The Trust holds the requested information, but considers it is exempt under section 12 of the Act, as the cost of compliance is estimated to exceed the appropriate limit. The information requested is not centralised and would take a considerable amount of time gather.



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