Mental Health

Kirsty made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to University of Northampton 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

Maggie Peach, University of Northampton

1 Atodiad

Ref: RMU/FoI(E20.06)/1488/FoIreply07Dec2018

 

7^th December 2018

 

Dear Ms. Card

 

I am writing in acknowledgement of your request for information dated 7^th
December, 2018, which has been received by the University and passed to me
as the University’s Freedom of Information Officer for action.

 

Your request for information has been assigned the number referenced above
and will be treated in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act. Under the provisions of the Act the University has until
10^th January, 2019 to respond to your request. We will, however, try our
best to provide you with an answer before this deadline.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Maggie Peach

 

ppPhil Oakman

Records Manager

 

 

Maggie Peach

Records Management Officer

 

University of Northampton

Newton

St George’s Avenue

Northampton

NN2 6JB

 

telephone : 01604 893503

email : [1][email address]

 

[2]https://tundra2.northampton.ac.uk/otcs/l...

 

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Maggie Peach, University of Northampton

1 Atodiad

Ref: RMU/FoI(E20.06)/1488/FoIreply10Jan2019

 

10^th January 2019

 

Dear Ms. Card

 

I write in response to your request for information dated 7^th December,
2018, received by the University and passed to me as the University’s
Freedom of Information Officer for action.

 

In response to your question one:

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.

 

Academic Year Total staff numbers
2013-2014 9
2014-2015 9
2015-2016 8
2016-2017 9
2017-2018 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These figures represent the position as at the beginning of each academic
year within our Counselling and Mental Health Teams and are not an average
for the year. We have a full-time member of staff leading each side of the
service and the remainder of the staffing is made up of part-time
counsellors and mental health advisors.

 

In response to your question two:

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.

Please see the table below:

  Amount spent £’s

Academic Year
2013-2014 200,713
2014-2015 243,186
2015-2016 228,635
2016-2017 254,400
2017-2018 328,353

 

In response to your question three:

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

Please see the table below:

     

Academic Year Numbers Accessing Mental Health Numbers Accessing
Service Counselling Service
2013-2014 191 328
2014-2015 221 374
2015-2016 258 327
2016-2017 247 317
2017-2018 Unavailable 341

The statistics for the number of students accessing our Mental Health
Services during the academic year 2017-18 are still being collated and as
such we do not hold this information. 

 

In addition to the above figures in the academic year 2017-18 a total of
158 students attended an individual drop-in session to access our
Counselling Services and a total of 129 students attended an individual
drop-in session to access our Mental Health Advisors.

 

In response to your question four:

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

The average waiting time for a student at this University to get an
appointment for an initial assessment fluctuates throughout the year
depending on the availability of individual students to attend
appointments. If they are fairly flexible, they will usually be offered an
intake session within 2-3 weeks of their request. This may increase as
term progresses and demand gets higher and if a student has very
restricted availability. However, all students identified as being at risk
or of a high priority are seen within a few days where possible. Beginning
in the 2017-18 academic year our Counselling and Mental Health Service now
offer daily drop-in sessions Monday-Friday so that no student should have
to wait longer than one working day to be seen.

 

In response to your question five:

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

Statistical reports are produced annually by the two services and these
detail the number of students seen by each service, the amount spent on
the services as well as a breakdown of the reasons the services are
accessed.

 

I hope the University has made its response in a clear and constructive
manner; however, if you consider the University has handled your request
unfairly you are entitled to follow the process set out in our standard
advice on the University's Freedom of Information Complaints Procedure
which is available online at:

[1]University FoI complaints procedure

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Maggie Peach

 

ppPhil Oakman

Records Manager

 

 

Maggie Peach

Records Management Officer

 

University of Northampton

Newton

St George’s Avenue

Northampton

NN2 6JB

 

telephone : 01604 893503

email : [2][email address]

 

[3]https://tundra2.northampton.ac.uk/otcs/l...

 

 

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