Information and documents relating to staff wellbeing in higher education

Vida Douglas made this Freedom of Information request to Staffordshire University

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Dear Staffordshire University,

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I would be interested in any information held by your organisation regarding my request on staff wellbeing in Higher Education (HE).

I would like to request the following information, covering the last 12 months:

1. The job title of the senior manager with lead responsibility for staff wellbeing in the University.
2. The number of mental health specialist staff available within the university to support staff wellbeing.
3. A copy of the University’s Policy (procedures)/other relevant document(s) to support the wellbeing of staff.
4. The type of services offered to support staff wellbeing in the University
5. The number of referrals to services offered where staff wellbeing was a primary reason for the referral
6. Staff take up (number) by each service offered to support staff wellbeing.

Please provide the above information in the form of electronic files.

If it is not possible to provide the information required due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in section 12, please provide assistance under section 16, obligation of the Act, as to how I can refine my request.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to receiving the above information.

Yours faithfully,

Vida Douglas

foiemail, Staffordshire University

Dear Sir/Madam,

We acknowledge receipt of your request for information. This is currently receiving our attention.

We will endeavour to provide a response within the 20 working days permitted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Regards,

Staffordshire University

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Dear foiemail,

Further to my recent FOI request. I do not appear to have received a response which I should have received by 24th December.

I would be grateful if you could advise me on the progress of my request.

Yours faithfully,

Vida Douglas

foiemail, Staffordshire University

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Further to your request for information please see our response below:

1. The job title of the senior manager with the lead responsibility for staff wellbeing in the University.

Sue Emery - Head of Health Safety and Wellbeing

2. The number of mental health specialist staff available within the university to support staff wellbeing,

We have 25 trained Mental Health First Aiders and 16 booked to attend MHFA training.

3. A copy of the university's policy (procedures)/other relevant document(s) to support the wellbeing of staff.

Please see attached.

4. The type of services offered to support staff wellbeing in the University

The University has an outsourced external Occupational Health service which is used either proactively to understand any wellbeing issues that may be impacting on the workplace or assist in the management of staff absence. In addition, we also have an external Employee Assistance Provider which operates mainly on a self-referral basis. Staff have unlimited access to general information, support and advice on a range of issues and the service is available 24 hours a day/365 days a year either through a website or a confidential helpline.

5. The number of referrals to services offered where staff wellbeing was a primary reason for the referral.

During the last 12 months our records show that there were 180 referrals to Occupational Health. It should be noted that this would include referrals for some individuals on more than one occasion during the period. This also includes 23 referrals for spirometry/audiology tests as part of a regular programme of testing for staff who work in certain types of roles. As detailed previously, referrals to our Employee Assistance provision is usually instigated by individuals. In the 12 month period identified, no referrals were made by management to this service.

6. Staff take up (number) by each service offered to support staff wellbeing.

Staff are required to attend appointments with Occupational Health when referred and therefore the take up would be 180 as detailed in QS. According to information provided by our Employee Assistance providers, take up for this service during the 12 month period starting in October 2017 was 138 visits to the website with 46 individuals utilising the telephone service. Of these, 31 individuals accessed counselling services.

Regards,

Staffordshire University

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