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Management of Public Health Incidents: FoI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002


Information requested

  • A copy of the 2017 version, Management of Public Health Incidents: Guidance on the Roles and Responsibilities of NHS Led Incident Management Teams
  • A copy of all correspondence, including relevant attachments, and minutes meetings regarding the decision to update the Management of Public Health Incidents: Guidance on the Roles and Responsibilities of NHS Led Incident Management Teams.
  • Was a hot debriefing completed by the Incident Management Team ref. the Covid-19 outbreak at the Nike conference in February 2020, as required in the above document? If yes, please can a copy be provided, including all correspondence, including relevant attachments, and minutes meetings regarding this briefing.

Response

A copy of the 2017 version, Management of Public Health Incidents: Guidance on the Roles and Responsibilities of NHS Led Incident Management Teams

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.
This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.
However, you should be able to find the 2017 guidance online at: Health Protection Scotland - Management of Public Health Incidents: Guidance on the Roles and Responsibilities of NHS led Incident Management Teams. Scottish Guidance No 12 (2017 edition) (nrscotland.gov.uk)

A copy of all correspondence, including relevant attachments, and minutes meetings regarding the decision to update the Management of Public Health Incidents: Guidance on the Roles and Responsibilities of NHS Led Incident Management Teams.
The information requested can be found in the attached document.

You may find it helpful to note that some information has been redacted because it does not fall within the scope of your request. For ease of reference this information is marked as [redacted – out of scope].
The following exemptions have been applied to our response:
Section 38(i)(b) - personal information

The reason why this exemption applies is explained below.

Reasons for not providing information
An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to some of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, ie the names and contact details of individual members of staff, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018.

This exemption is not subject to the public interest test, so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

Was a hot debriefing completed by the Incident Management Team ref. the Covid-19 outbreak at the Nike conference in February 2020, as required in the above document? If yes, please can a copy be provided, including all correspondence, including relevant attachments, and minutes meetings regarding this briefing.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.
This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.
However, you may find it useful to know that Public Health Scotland has confirmed in a Freedom of Information request, which can be found online at Freedom of Information reference: FOI 2021-000730 (whatdotheyknow.com), that a hot debrief is guidance and not mandatory. The Incident Management Team therefore did not complete a hot debrief relating to the COVID-19 outbreak at the Nike Conference.

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FoI 202100249344 Information released

Contact

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Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

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