Freedom of Information request - Staff Counselling Services and Occupational Health Referrals

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Anglia Ruskin University should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Anglia Ruskin University,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would be grateful if you could provide the following information relating to Counselling and Mental Health services and Occupational Health referrals in respect of those employed by your University:

QUESTION ONE: COUNSELLING AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
The total number of staff that accessed University counselling and mental health services in the last eight academic years. Please present in a table showing figures for each academic year (e.g. 2009/10; 2010/11 etc).

a) How many were academic staff?
b) How many were professional services staff?
c) How many were male?*
d) How many were female?*

*Please note that some institutions now collect non-binary gender information. Where your institution collects information in this way, please provide in that format. Where information relating to gender has not been collected in all instances, I would be grateful if you could highlight this.

Where you or an external provider (e.g. EAP/EAFP) also breaks down this information by category (e.g. anxiety, bereavement/loss, work-related etc) please also provide a separate table with this information.

QUESTION TWO: OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
During the last eight academic years (please present in a table showing figures for each academic year e.g. 2009/10; 2010/11 etc) how many staff members were referred to Occupational Health (please highlight by year, whether these were self-referrals, management referrals, or referrals falling into different categories)?

Where the information is available (i.e. either collected by you or held for you by an EAP/EAFP), please separate into the following categories (for each year):-

a) How many were academic staff?
b) How many were professional services staff?
c) How many were male?
d) How many were female?

If the decision is made to withhold some of this data using exemptions in the Data Protection Act, please inform me of that fact and cite the exemptions used.

If you need any clarification then please do not hesitate to contact me. If some parts of this request are easier to answer than others, I would ask that you release the available data as soon as possible.

Where some parts of the information requested cannot be presented in the format requested above, or has not been collected by the University (or where applicable, an external provider collecting and holding this information for the University), in a way that satisfies the FOI request, please exercise your duty under section 16 and highlight what information you are able to provide.

Please note that this information is being collected as part of a pan-HEUK study of trends in Counselling Services and Occupational Health in respect of HEI staff.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you within the 20 working day statutory time period.

Yours faithfully,

Nicky Michaels

foi, Anglia Ruskin University

Dear Ms Michaels,

Thank you for your email.

Please can I check - is this the same as the request that you sent to us on 17 July 2017?

Kind regards
Jackie

Dear foi,

My apologies - it is indeed. Albeit, you may find that this request is more simplified and easier to respond to. Still asking for the same information - but with the benefit of seeing how HEIs across the UK respond to the questions (I've had to return to a few of them with clarifications).

Yours sincerely,

Nicky Michaels

foi, Anglia Ruskin University

Ok many thanks Nicky.
Kind regards
Jackie

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