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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

FOI Officer, Buckinghamshire New University

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Dear Kirsty,

 

Thank you for your FOI request. Please find the university’s response to
your request below.

 

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

FTE 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Counselling 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0
Manager
Counselling 1 1 1 1 1 up to
Coordinator 11/04/18
Employed 0.5 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.5
Counsellors
Sessional 1.1 1.2 1.4 1.4 1.2
Counsellors
 
Term-time
Placement 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2
Counsellors
From
16.02.2018
Psychiatrist 1 morning 1 morning 1 morning 1 morning 1 morning
monthly monthly monthly monthly monthly
Term-time
Mental Health          
Advisor*
0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6

*disability support

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.

Category 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Staffing 155,925 157,480 156,284 125,426 103,018
Staff Travel 150 150 150 100 100
Furniture - - 625 - -
Equipment 816 700 730 816 816
Printing 500 500 375 300 300
Other Hired & Contracted Services 2,081 2,000 550 600 600
Telephones 100 100 100 - -
Subscriptions 554 550 700 700 700
University Mental Health Adviser Network 90 90 90 90 90
National Association of Disability 90 90 90 90 90
Practitioners
Total 160,126 161,480 159,514 127,942 105,534

 

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

Counselling up to 31/08/2018

2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
331 381 359 301 270 271

 

 

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

Counselling – configured as working days (up to 31/08/2018)

  2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
From first contact to assessment 3.2 4.9 5.4 4.4 3.9 8.2
(days)
From assessment to follow up 12.6 17.1 12.2 9.5 9.4 19.3
(days)

 

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

A verbal report was given to University Council in 2018 and plans are
currently underway to create a Student Wellbeing Action Plan this year.

 

Kind regards,

 

FOI Officer Buckinghamshire New University

  High Wycombe Campus

  Queen Alexandra Road

Twitter: @bucksnewuni High Wycombe
Facebook: BucksNewUni
YouTube: BucksNewUniversity Buckinghamshire

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Bucks New University awarded Silver in TEF
June 2018

 

 

 

From: Kirsty [mailto:[FOI #537521 email]]
Sent: 07 December 2018 13:55
To: FOI Officer <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Mental Health

 

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

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