Interpretation and Translation

Who is your current supplier of Language Services?

The Trust operates a two tier supply system; DA Languages are the tier 1 supplier and Language Empire tier 2.

When was the contract awarded and when does it expire?

The contract was awarded in July 2014. The end date is July 2017, with an option to extend to July 2019.

If the contract was awarded under a Framework, which one?

The contract was not awarded under a framework. It was an OJEU tender process; reference 31346-2014.

What is the total spend on interpretation and translation services?

The Trust spend on interpretation and translation services is as follows, this information is held by financial year:

Year Cost
2011/2012 £49,169
2012/2013 £45,187
2013/2014 £58,872
2014/2015 £87,000
2015/2016 £71,157
2016/2017 £74,902
2017/2018 £60,842

This cost includes British Sign Language

What are the most common languages requested?

In order to provide a complete breakdown of languages, the Trust would have to manually review all invoices to extract this data. This would take in excess of the appropriate limit for compliance as specified in the Freedom of Information Act therefore is exempt from disclosure. However, the Trust undertook a task to assess the most common languages over a six month period in 2013. The most common languages were:

  1. Polish
  2. Portuguese
  3. Latvian
  4. British Sign
  5. Cantonese

*based on a review undertaken in 2013

How many appointments have required an interpreter?

There is no central register of bookings and the appointment outcome therefore the Trust is unable to determine the number of bookings, the number where the interpreter failed to attend or the number where the patient did not attend.