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Mental Health

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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

Finance.FOI Requests, Institute of Education, University of London

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Dear Ms Card,

 

Apologies for the delay in providing a response to your request for
information.

 

We have now completed the compilation of information in response to your
request.

 

We can confirm that we do hold some information of the description
specified in your request and this information, where it is not exempt, is
provided below.

Explanatory notes and background information

 

·       You have asked for information on UCL’s mental health services.
These notes help explain what services UCL provides and what it does when
‘high risk’ students seek our help. 

·       Through its Student Services and Wellbeing (SSW) service UCL offer
students information and advice on managing any personal or mental health
difficulties impacting on their ability to study. As part of SSW, Student
Psychological Services (SPS) provides short-term counselling, cognitive
behavioural therapy, psychiatric support and psycho-educational groups to
help students deal with a range of personal, emotional and psychological
concerns.

·       While UCL does not offer acute or crisis support and is not a
healthcare provider, students who present themselves as suffering acute
psychological distress or in crisis are treated as ‘high risk’. High risk
can mean that there is a suicidal risk or an academic risk, or perhaps
both.

·       Suicidal risk. Those high risk students who have indicated on
their registration form that they are at risk of committing suicide are
contacted the same day to let them know what immediate support is
available. This support usually takes three forms:

 

-       signposting to UCLH’s Accident and Emergency service where they
can see a duty psychiatrist;

-       signposting to a GP practice where they can see a doctor at one of
their two daily drop-in appointments;

-       a referral to the local Samaritans where they can talk to a
trained volunteer who is experienced in working with suicidal feelings.  

 

·       After a high risk student has been seen by a duty psychiatrist or
GP and their immediate suicidal risk has been assessed, they may be
prescribed medication, offered specialist NHS  treatment or an appointment
at SPS. This is often the reason why there is a gap of several weeks
between registration with SPS and their first counselling appointment.

 

·       Academic risk. Those high risk students who have indicated on
their registration form that they are at risk of dropping out of UCL or
interrupting their studies are also contacted the day they register with
us to let them know what additional support is available for them. This
support usually takes three forms:

 

-       Signposting to the disability service to see what practical
support they can access;

-       A recommendation that they discuss their academic options with
their tutor;

-       An appointment with a trained member of staff in SPS.

 

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.

 

2013-14:

9.6FTE, of which 0.8FTE were psychiatrists and the remainder were
cognitive behavioural therapists or psycho-analytic psychotherapists.

 

2014-15:

11.1FTE, of which 0.8FTE were psychiatrists and the remainder were
cognitive behavioural therapists or psycho-analytic psychotherapists.

 

2015-16:

13.1FTE, of which 0.8FTE were psychiatrists and the remainder were
cognitive behavioural therapists or psycho-analytic psychotherapists.

 

2016-17:

13.1FTE, of which 0.8FTE were psychiatrists and the remainder were
cognitive behavioural therapists or psycho-analytic psychotherapists.

 

2017-18:

13.1FTE, of which 0.8FTE were psychiatrists and the remainder were
cognitive behavioural therapists or psycho-analytic psychotherapists.

 

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.

 

2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Income 2,200 2,200 2,266 24,379 28,262
Staff Costs 763,683 873,360 1,138,999 1,358,696 1,514,860
Advertising
&
Recruitment 1,000 1,000 1,030 0 0
Books &
Library 3,800 3,800 3,314 2,596 0
Conference,
Travel &
Training 7,000 7,000 8,210 1,272 7,000
Other costs 9,950 650 50,170 38,050 0
Equipment 13,500 13,500 17,405 10,000 32,000
Non Contract
Staff &
Professional
Fees 56,853 76,400 130,660 159,471 125,186
Office costs 0 9,300 9,579 0 2,000
Total
Expenditure 855,786 985,010 1,359,367 1,570,085 1,681,046
Net Budget (853,586) (982,810) (1,357,101) (1,545,706) (1,652,784)

 

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

 

Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 states:

 

“(1) Information is exempt information if—

(a) the information is held by the public authority with a view to its
publication, by the authority or any other person, at some future date
(whether determined or not),

(b) the information was already held with a view to such publication at
the time when the request for information was made, and

(c) it is reasonable in all the circumstances that the information should
be withheld from disclosure until the date referred to in paragraph (a).”

 

This exemption applies to the information you have requested in relation
to students seeking mental health support. This is because our intention
is to publish this information routinely as part of UCL’s Publication
Scheme during the course of 2019. Preparing this information for
publication will require a considerable investment in terms of time and
effort but will be an important part of UCL’s wider drive towards
transparency. Given that there are firm plans in place for the publication
of the data in the near future, we consider it as reasonable to withhold
disclosure under the FOI regime at this current time.

 

Section 22 is a qualified exemption under the Act and so a public interest
test is required to assess where the balance of disclosure/non-disclosure
lies. Please see below for the test in full.

 

Public Interest Test

 

Factors in favour of disclosure of the requested information:

 

·         It is recognised that there is currently substantial public
interest in accessing information in relation to students seeking mental
health support.

 

Factors against disclosure of the requested information:

 

·         The information being requested is due for publication in the
near future. Diverting attention to supplying the information for an FOI
request would disrupt the process of preparing this information for
intended publication.

·         UCL believes that, in order to meet its obligations of
transparency, it is better to be focused on publishing full and complete
information on this subject matter. Answering this FOI request would lead
to less complete information being released into the public domain, and to
the information not being released in a manner which would be fully
accessible to the public in the way it would be when published on our
website.

 

Outcome of public interest test:

 

·         On account of more complete information on this subject being
planned for publication in the near future, it is considered that the
public interest arguments against disclosure outweigh those for disclosure
in this instance.

 

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

 

Please note that we hold data for average waiting times for the previous
two academic years only.

 

2016-17:

 

Average waiting times for those seeking support services provided by
Student Psychological Services (SPS):

12 days for students at high risk.

30 days  for students at low to medium risk.

38 days for students at no risk.

 

2017-18:

 

Average waiting times for those seeking support services provided by
Student Psychological Services (SPS):

20 days for students at high risk.

29 days for students at low to medium risk.

31 days for students at no risk.

 

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

 

A report to Research Degrees Committee by the Working Group on PGR Mental
Wellbeing can be found on our website here:
[1]http://www.grad.ucl.ac.uk/research-stude...

 

Furthermore, please see attached an in depth report on our Student Support
and Wellbeing Services which contains information regarding our mental
health provision.

 

You are free to use any information supplied for your own use, including
for non-commercial research purposes. The information may also be used for
the purposes of news reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for
example by publishing or issuing copies to the public, will require the
permission of the copyright owner.

 

If you are unhappy with our response to your request and wish to make a
complaint or request a review of our decision, please email
[2][email address]. Emails should include the words ‘Internal
Review’ in the subject and be marked For the Attention of the Chief
Operating Officer, alternatively you should write to:

 

Chief Operating Officer

University College London

Gower Street

London

WC1E 6BT 

 

Please note, complaints and requests for internal review received more
than two months after the initial decision will not be handled.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner at the address given below.
You should do this within two months of our final decision.

 

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me using the details
provided in this letter and including the request reference number.

 

Further information on the Freedom of Information Act is available from
the Information Commissioner’s Office:

 

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

SK9 5AF

 

01625 545700

[3]www.ico.org.uk

[4][email address]

 

Kind regards,

 

Mehwish Sultan

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

Legal Services

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FOI: [7][IOE request email].

Telephone: +44 (0)203 108 7862 (internal 57862)

 

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