Frequent callers to the Ambulance Service (FOI)
Frequent callers to the Ambulance Service (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 06 July 2021.
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I have a Freedom of Information request regarding the handling of frequent callers to 999. This request is specifically for the Ambulance service.
Please find the request below:
I would please like to request a five-year breakdown of:
In these statistics, if somebody is calling on behalf of the frequent caller, are these classed as a call from the frequent caller?
For example, if someone with health issues calls the ambulance service on average twice per week but you also get on average one call per week from a concerned friend or family member, do you class that as two calls or three calls per week?
I would also like to know, for each of those five years, how many people have been given a criminal behaviour order, prosecuted or any other criminal course of action due to their frequent calling?
I would also like to ask what your policy is around frequent callers.
how many calls per month / year class somebody as a frequent caller
what support do they receive from the frequent callers unit to try and reduce the number of calls they make
what is your process to get consent from them for their case to be managed by the frequent callers unit
what happens in the instance where the person does not consent to this and / or does not engage
what is the success rate of your frequent callers unit
what reduction of calls do you see as a result of the frequent callers unit work and what statistics are available to show the effectiveness of the care they receive reducing the number of calls received
At this current time the Ambulance Service do not have a dedicated system or process for the monitoring of frequent callers. High users of the service are managed within a multidisciplinary team approach alongside Health and Community Services.
legislation relating to criminal behaviour orders does not exist in Jersey.
A Frequent Users Policy and process is in the later stages of development prior to ratification and implementation, therefore article 35 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) law 2011 has been applied.
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(1) Subject to paragraph (2), if –
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Article 35 - Formulation and development of policies
Information is qualified exempt information if it relates to the formulation or development of any proposed policy by a public authority. A public interest test is required.
Public interest considerations favouring disclosure include;
disclosure of the information would support transparency and promote accountability to the general public
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Public interest considerations favouring withholding the information include;
in order to best develop policy, a safe space is needed in which free and frank discussion can take place
the need for this safe space is considered at its greatest during the live stages of a policy
this policy is under development. Release of incomplete information at this stage might generate unhelpful and unnecessary speculation and confusion which could hamper clear messaging and frustrate the object of the policy
Following assessment, it has been decided that on balance the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.