Mental Health

Kirsty made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Falmouth University as part of a batch sent to 179 authorities

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Dear Universities,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information in regards to the mental heath resources at your university.

1. How many support service staff have been employed with a mental health remit (e.g. counselling, wellbeing) in each of the last 5 academic years. If a breakdown is not available for mental health staff, please provide a total for the closest possible category.

2. Budget for mental health support for each of the last 5 academic years, and where possible a breakdown on how that money is allocated, e.g. staff, marketing, equipment etc.

3. Number of students seeking mental health support in each of the last 5 academic years.

4. Average waiting time for mental health support in each of the last 5 academic years.

5. Any internal reports or reviews relating to mental health provision over the last 5 years.

Please provide the above information digitally, preferably in the form of an excel spreadsheet.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under your Section 16 obligations, as to how I can refine my request to be included in the scope of the Act.

In any case, if you can identify ways that my request could be refined please provide further advice and assistance to indicate this.

I look forward to your response within 20 working days, as stipulated by the Act.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to clarify what I am asking for.

Yours faithfully,

Kirsty Card

Falmouth University

Dear Ms Card,

FOI Reference: FOI00359

Thank you for your email requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000. Please accept this email as acknowledgement
of your request dated 07/12/2018. Your request is being dealt with under
the terms of the FOIA and will be answered within twenty working days.
That is we will respond to you by 10/01/2019.

If you have any queries about this request please do not hesitate to
contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any
future communications.

Kind regards,
Information Officer

Falmouth University, Falmouth Campus, Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11
4RH

[1]www.falmouth.ac.uk/information-records-management

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Information Office, Falmouth University

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Dear  Kirsty , 

 

 

FOI Reference: FOI00359

 

Thank you for your email dated 7^th December 2018 requesting information
under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.  Please find below
details of your request and the response from Falmouth University (“we”
and “the University”).  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to
contact me quoting the reference above. 

 

Duty to Confirm or Deny 

 

We do hold information relevant to your request. Please find below,
details of your request and our response.

 

The Request:  

 

“1. How many support service staff have been employed with a mental health
remit (e.g. counselling, wellbeing) in each of the last 5 academic years.
If a breakdown is not available for mental health staff, please provide a
total for the closest possible category.

 

2. Budget for mental health support for each of the last 5 academic years,
and where possible a breakdown on how that money is allocated, e.g. staff,
marketing, equipment etc.

 

3. Number of students seeking mental health support in each of the last 5
academic years.

 

4. Average waiting time for mental health support in each of the last 5
academic years.

 

5. Any internal reports or reviews relating to mental health provision
over the last 5 years.

 

Please provide the above information digitally, preferably in the form of
an excel spreadsheet.

 

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the
information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section
12, please provide advice and assistance, under your Section 16
obligations, as to how I can refine my request to be included in the scope
of the Act.

 

In any case, if you can identify ways that my request could be refined
please provide further advice and assistance to indicate this.”

 

Our Response 

 

We answer the questions in the order and same enumeration as they were
raised.

 

1.       “How many support service staff have been employed with a mental
health remit (e.g. counselling, wellbeing) in each of the last 5 academic
years. If a breakdown is not available for mental health staff, please
provide a total for the closest possible category”

 

Response:

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|  | 2013-14| 2014-15| 2015-16| 2016-17| 2017-18|
|-----------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------|
|Counselling | 3.1| 3.22| 3.27| 2.77| 3.8|
|-----------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------|
|Mental Health | 1.9| 3.33| 2.6| 3.09| 3.41|
|-----------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------|
|Disability | 2.8| 5.11| 5.73| 5.25| 6.72|
|-----------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------|
|  |  |  |  |  |  |
|-----------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------|
|Totals | 6.8| 11.7| 11.6| 1.1| 13.9|
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

2.       “Budget for mental health support for each of the last 5 academic
years, and where possible a breakdown on how that money is allocated, e.g.
staff, marketing, equipment etc.”

 

Response:

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Falmouth University contribution of spend for services shared with |
|University of Exeter |
|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|  | 2013-14| 2014-15| 2015-16| 2016-17|2017-18|
| | | | | | |
| | £| £| £| £| £|
|----------------------------+--------+--------+--------+--------+-------|
|Student Services (General) | 156,200| 164,450| 164,464| 142,498|114,684|
|----------------------------+--------+--------+--------+--------+-------|
|Living Support | 49,900| 122,989| 114,701| 139,125|147,785|
|----------------------------+--------+--------+--------+--------+-------|
|Disability | 292,370| 396,162| 354,437| 402,971|408,071|
|----------------------------+--------+--------+--------+--------+-------|
|Counselling/Wellbeing | 69,514| 79,387| 173,418| 184,715|175,236|
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

Falmouth University shares a Campus, at Penryn with the University of
Exeter and so shares some services with that university.

 

3.       “Number of students seeking mental health support in each of the
last 5 academic years”; and

4.       “Average waiting time for mental health support in each of the
last 5 academic years”.

 

Response:

The volume of demand for wellbeing support is shown as numbers of
individuals who are seeking a specific form of support/wellbeing
intervention.

The waiting time for receiving support is not currently measured.

Consistent data is not available before 2015-16

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Year |Enquiries |Number of individuals|Mean response in hours|
|------------+--------------+---------------------+----------------------|
|2015-16 | 1589|Not known |Not known |
|------------+--------------+---------------------+----------------------|
|2016-17 | 3379| 71| 48.7|
|------------+--------------+---------------------+----------------------|
|2017-18 | 5187| 816| 29.6|
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

 

5.       Any internal reports or reviews relating to mental health
provision over the last 5 years

 

Response:  The information requested is exempt under Section 43 of the
Freedom of Information  Act 2000. When information is exempt under Section
43, this is due to commercial sensitivity. 

 

Section 43 exempts information which, if disclosed, would be likely to
prejudice the commercial  interests of any person. It protects not only
the commercial in commercial interests of the University. It is intended
to protect the ability of a public authority  like the University to
obtain goods or services on the best possible commercial terms and to
protect the  legitimate commercial interests of its suppliers, or to
protect the ability to compete competitively and to remain solvent, e.g.
through the selling of courses.  The information you seek falls into this
category. 

 

Releasing details of the University’s commercially sensitive information
would be likely to prejudice the University and any future suppliers’
commercial interests. It would reveal to their  competitors commercially
sensitive financial aspects of the employment
contract/negotiations/plans.  This in turn would prejudice the ability of
the University to secure best value which is also not in the public
interest.

 

 

 

Appeal Process 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review.  Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original email and should be emailed to: [1][email address] or sent in
writing to Peter Cox, Chief Operating Officer, Falmouth University, Penryn
Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, TR10 9FE. 

 

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications. 

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF. 

 

Kind regards, 

Information Officer 
 

Falmouth University, Falmouth Campus, Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11
4RH 

[2]www.falmouth.ac.uk/information-records-management 

 

 

 

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