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

Freedom of Information, University of South Wales

Dear Ms Card

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

We acknowledge your request for information.

We are considering your request and you should receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days. If there are any areas of your request that need to be clarified then we will contact you at the earliest opportunity.

Yours sincerely,

Rhys Davies
Information Compliance Manager /Rheolwr Cydymffurfio i Wybodaeth
University Secretary's Office/Swyddfa Ysgrifennydd y Brifysgol
University of South Wales/Prifysgol De Cymru
Treforest
Pontypridd
CF37 1DL

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Dear University of South Wales,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of University of South Wales's handling of my FOI request 'Mental Health'.

Response is delayed.

Yours faithfully,

Kirsty

Freedom of Information, University of South Wales

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Dear Kirsty,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

 

Thank you for your request for information received on the 7th December
2018 and apologies for the delay with our response.  Please find below the
information requested.

 

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 17-18 16-17 15-16 14-15 13-14 12-13
Service Managers 1 1 1 0.5 3 3
Counsellors 1 3 6 6 6 6
permanent
Counsellors 0 0 0 2 4 2
placement
Counsellors zero 10 9 2 1 0 1
hours/outsourced
Nurses 2 2 2 4 3 3
Mentors 6 Various Various Various Various Various
Zero Zero Zero Zero Zero
Restructured to hour hour hour hour hour
be part of the
establishment
Disability 6 7 7 7 7 7
Advisers
Resident Tutors 6 6 6 6 6 6
Faculty (FBS) 0   1 1 1 1
Chaplaincy 1 1 1 1 1 1

 

 

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.

 

This information is not held as it is not possible to disaggregate budgets
for services to this level.

 

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

 

o 13-14:  491 students
o 14-15:  696 students
o 15–16: 817 students
o 16-17 : 830 students
o 17-18:  761 students

 

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

 

This information is not held.

 

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

 

Attached.

 

Should you have any further queries do not hesitate to contact the
Information Compliance Manager, University of South Wales, Pontypridd,
CF37 1DL. If you are not satisfied with the University’s response, you are
entitled to use the University’s complaints procedure available from
[1]http://uso.southwales.ac.uk/ig/foi/.

Further information about the Act is available from :

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF

[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk/

Yours faithfully,

Rhys Davies

Information Compliance Manager

 

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