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

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Charlotte Threipland

Dear Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear 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

We acknowledge receipt of your request and are processing it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

However, due to the ongoing CORONAVIRUS pandemic, the Trust is facing numerous challenges, including pressures in maintaining staffing levels. The Trust will endeavour to respond to your request for information that the Trust holds within the statutory 20-working-day period, however, this may not always be possible. As you will appreciate, the Trust is prioritising the delivery of healthcare and focusing its resources on making sure that service users are receiving the treatment and care needed. This means that staff who would usually assist with responding to information requests are focusing the majority of their time and attention to this in order to ensure that our service users are well looked after. Unfortunately, this may mean that there could be a delay in providing you with the information that you have requested. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is aware of these understandable delays and has stated that it will not penalise organisations, such as the Trust, that need to prioritise their resource within other areas or adapt their usual approach during this time.

Thank you for your understanding.

Kind regards

Information Governance and Medico Legal Team
Informatics Department
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

St Nicholas Hospital
Jubilee Road
Gosforth
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE3 3XT

Email: [email address]
Web: www.cntw.nhs.uk

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From: Charlotte Threipland[SMTP: ]
Sent: 31 December 2020 11:15:35
To: FOI
Subject: Freedom of Information request - New detentions under s.2 Mental Health Act 1983 from 2018-2020 Auto forwarded by a Rule

Dear Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear 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

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Dear Charlotte

Please see attached our answers to your Freedom of Information request. Ethnicity groupings are based on the NHS Data Dictionary https://datadictionary.nhs.uk/attributes....

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Head of Information Governance and Medico Legal,
Informatics Department
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust,
St Nicholas Hospital, Jubilee Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3XT
Email: [email address]

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Kind regards

Information Governance and Medico Legal Team
Informatics Department
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

St Nicholas Hospital
Jubilee Road
Gosforth
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE3 3XT

Email: [email address]
Web: www.cntw.nhs.uk

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