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

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Dear Edge Hill University,
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, could you please provide me with the following information:

COUNSELLING AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES - UNIVERSITY STAFF

1. 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 and breakdown by category (e.g. anxiety, bereavement loss, work-related etc...))

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

2. Where data are available in the last eight years, please detail what was the average wait time for a staff member applying to see a counsellor to seeing a counsellor?

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

3. During the last eight academic years how many staff members were referred to Occupational Health (please highlight whether these were self-referrals, management referrals, or referrals falling into different categories)?

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

4. How many staff members are currently on the waiting list to see Occupational Health?

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.

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, Edge Hill University

Dear Nicky Michaels

Our Reference: FOI161714453

Thank you for your recent correspondence requesting information relating to Edge Hill University. Your request was received in our offices 17th July, 2017 and is being processed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Under the Act, the University is required to provide you with a response within 20 working days. I will write to you in response to your request for information no later than 14th August, 2017.

The Freedom of Information Act includes a number of exemptions to releasing information. Some of these are qualified exemptions which require us to consider whether it is in the public interest to disclose or withhold the information. In these circumstances we may need more time to consider your request, and if this is the case I will write to you by the date above to inform you of when you can expect to receive a response.

If you have any queries regarding this request please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting the above reference number in all future correspondence.

Kind Regards
Lisa Cobain

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foi, Edge Hill University

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Dear Nicky Michaels

Request for Information: FOI161714453

Thank you for your email requesting information relating to activities at Edge Hill University, this request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please find response details attached.

We trust that this information fully answers your request however if you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review, quoting the above reference number in all communications. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: Dr C Hutchinson-Howorth, Director of Strategic Planning at the University.

If you are not content with the outcome of your review you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner requesting he review our decision. You must submit your complaint in writing to the Commissioner within six months of receiving the response to review letter. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Kind Regards
Lisa Cobain

Freedom of Information Office
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
Ormskirk L39 4QP

Email: [Edge Hill University request email]
DDI: 01695 650791

Dear foi,
Thank you so much.
Yours sincerely,

Nicky Michaels

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