Mental Health

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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 Uof Liverpool, University of Liverpool

Dear Ms Card

Thank you for your email of 7th December requesting information about mental health resources at the University. I am writing to let you know that we have received your request and will process it as soon as possible, and in any case within 20 working days of the day we received the request. You will hear back from us by 10th January 2019 at the latest.

Yours sincerely

Kirsty Rothwell
Freedom of Information / Data Protection Officer
 
Legal & Compliance | University of Liverpool
Foundation Building |Brownlow Hill | Liverpool | L69 7ZX

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[1]Ms Kirsty Rothwell Freedom of Information / Data Protection Officer The
Foundation Building 765 Brownlow Hill Liverpool L69 7ZX E
[University of Liverpool request email]
www.liverpool.ac.uk                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                 

 

 

FOI/KR

 

 

21^st December 2019

 

 

Name: Kirsty Card

Via email to: [FOI #537641 email]

 

 

Dear Ms Card,

 

Thank you for your request of 7^th December requesting information
concerning mental health resources at the University. Colleagues have
provided the information you requested 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.

 

The Counselling and Mental Health Advisory Service has employed the
following staff during the period for which records are available:

 

2013/14  1 Head of Service, 8 counsellor/therapist.  7 permanent staff and
2 sessional staff

2014/15  1 Head of Service, 8 counsellor/therapist.  7 permanent staff and
2 sessional staff

2015/16  1 Head of Service, 8 counsellor/therapist.  7 permanent staff and
2 sessional staff

2016/17  1 Head of Service,11 counsellor/therapist.  8 permanent staff and
4 sessional staff

2017/18  1 Head of Service,2 Mental Health advisers, 11
counsellor/therapist.  8 permanent staff and 4 sessional staff

 

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.

 

2013/14          £449,410

2014/15          £525,162

2015/16          £504,972

2016/17          £559,752

2017/18          £552,071

 

Please note these costs relate to the provision of the Counselling and
Mental Health Advisory Service.   Additionally the Student Health Service
is funded by the University to provide 0.5 fte Clinical Psychologist and
the School of Health Sciences funds two full time Clinical Psychologists
to support students studying on health related professional training
courses. Please note there are fluctuations year to year because of staff
leaving or retiring and reflects turnover savings that resulted from the
time it took to recruit new staff; it does not reflect any cuts to the
budget

 

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

 

·        2013/14 = 526

·        2014/15 = 644

·        2015/16 = 692

·        2016/17 = 933

·        2017/18 = 997

 

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

 

The Counselling and Mental Health Advisory Service does not keep this
information as there are many variables that make it difficult to provide
a meaningful answer due to the pattern of the academic cycle.

 

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

 

Not applicable.

 

If you are not satisfied with the University’s response to your request,
you may ask the University to review it.  If you wish to do this, please
write to the Freedom of Information Reviewer, Legal & Compliance, The
University of Liverpool, The Foundation Building, 765 Brownlow Hill,
Liverpool, L69 7ZX (email [University of Liverpool request email])  enclosing a copy of your
original request and explaining your complaint.  Please include an address
for correspondence.

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have a
right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Telephone:  0303 123 1113

Website: www.ico.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Kirsty Rothwell

 

Freedom of Information / Data Protection Officer

 

 

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