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Posted: 05.12.2012

Terms of reference for Jimmy Savile internal investigation

The Board of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) has commissioned an investigation into Jimmy Savile’s association with Leeds General Infirmary, and other institutions under the management of LTHT and its predecessor bodies, following allegations that he sexually abused patients and staff during his voluntary or fund-raising activities there.


TERMS OF REFERENCE

Investigation into matters relating to Jimmy Savile

The Board of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) has commissioned this investigation into Jimmy Savile’s association with the Leeds General Infirmary, and other institutions under the management of LTHT and its predecessor bodies (all such institutions herein referred to as LTHT), following allegations that he sexually abused patients and staff during his voluntary or fund-raising activities there.  

LTHT will work with independent oversight from Kate Lampard, appointed by the Secretary of State for Health to oversee the investigations carried out by the three NHS bodies with which Jimmy Savile was associated, to produce a written report that will:

1. Thoroughly examine and account for Jimmy Savile’s association with LTHT and its predecessor bodies, including approval for any roles and the decision- making process relating to these;

2. Identify a chronology of his involvement with LTHT and its predecessor bodies;

3. Consider whether Jimmy Savile was at any time accorded special access or other privileges, and/or was not subject to usual or appropriate supervision and oversight;

4. Consider the extent to which any such special access and/or privileges and/or lack of supervision and oversight resulted from Jimmy Savile’s celebrity, or fundraising role within the organisation;

5. Review relevant policies, procedures and practices throughout the time of Jimmy Savile’s association with LTHT and its predecessor bodies and compliance with these;

6. Review past and current complaints and incidents concerning Jimmy Savile’s behaviour at any of the hospitals owned or managed by LTHT and its predecessor bodies including:

- where the incident(s) occurred;

- who was involved;

- what occurred;

- whether these incidents were reported at the time and whether they were investigated and appropriate action taken.

The investigation does not have the power to impose disciplinary sanctions or make findings as to criminal or civil liability. Where evidence is obtained of conduct that indicates the potential commission of criminal offences, the police will be informed.  Where such evidence indicates the potential commission of disciplinary offences, the relevant employers will be informed.

7. Where complaints or incidents were not previously reported, nor investigated, or where no appropriate action was taken, consider the reasons for this, including the part played, if any, by Jimmy Savile’s celebrity or fundraising role within the organisation;

8. Review Jimmy Savile’s fundraising activities and any issues that arose in relation to the governance, accountability for and the use of funds raised by him or on his initiative/with his involvement;

9. Review LTHT’s current policies and practice relating to the matters mentioned above, including employment checks, safeguarding, access to patients (including that afforded to volunteers and celebrities) and fundraising in order to assess their fitness for purpose.  Ensure safeguards are in place to prevent a recurrence of matters of concern identified by this investigation and identify matters that require immediate attention.

10. Identify recommendations for further action.