New detentions under s.2 Mental Health Act 1983 from 2018-2020

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Charlotte Threipland

Dear Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust,

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I would like to receive information relating to the number of patients detained under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020. Although we made a similar request on 24 September 2020, this is a fresh request for a reduced amount of information over a slightly longer time period.

Please can you provide:

(1) The number of new detentions* under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983 from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020. Please provide a monthly breakdown of these figures.

(2) A breakdown of these above monthly figures by age, gender and ethnic background. If possible, please use the following categories:
-For ethnicity: ‘Asian or Asian British’ / ‘Black or Black British’ / ‘Mixed’ / ‘Not Known/Recorded’ / ‘Not stated’ / ‘Other group’ / ‘White’
-For Age: ‘Under-18’ / ‘18-25’ / ‘26-35’ / ‘36-45’ / ‘46-55’ / ‘56-64’ / ‘65+’
-For Gender: ‘Male’ / ‘Female’ / ‘Not Known/Recorded’ / ‘Not stated’ / ‘Other group’

*Please note regarding (1) above: we are interested in the number of ‘new detentions’ starting within each month, rather than the total number of 'open detentions' counted within each month. I understand that, as detentions can span a number of months, providing open detentions in the period would be double-counting where detentions span across multiple months. Please could you confirm that you are providing data for new detentions as opposed to open detentions.

Please could you also provide this data in the format of an Excel spreadsheet (.xls).

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this letter. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.

Best regards,

Charlotte Threipland and Aaron Walawalkar


Dear Charlotte,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request to Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Your request is being dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (2000). I calculate the deadline for response to be 28 January 2021. Please be assured that we are working hard to respond to all requests within the statutory 20-day time limit specified in the legislation. However, as an NHS Trust, we are facing increased demands due to the current situation with Covid-19 (Coronavirus). The situation is impacting our ability to retrieve data from services at the forefront of dealing with the impact of the situation on their staff and teams, in as timely a fashion as usual. This is leading to a delay in some responses. We will make every effort to deal with your request as quickly as possible. We thank you in advance for your patience in this matter.

Should you need to contact us in relation to your query in the meantime, please quote the reference number FOI 20.246.

Kind regards,
Freedom of Information Officer

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Trust Headquarters,
Liverpool Road,

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We have removed a response to this request that was provided on 29 January 2021. The attached spreadsheet contained personal information that was released in error. We have asked the authority to provide a replacement.

Our ref: GDPR/BR/20231020-1

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