New detentions under s.2 Mental Health Act 1983 from 2018-2020
Charlotte Threipland made this Freedom of Information request to Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust as part of a batch sent to 52 authorities
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Dear Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS 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.
Charlotte Threipland and Aaron Walawalkar
Your email request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 is acknowledged.
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given the current pandemic from COVID-19 NHS resources are being targeted
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from information rights matters and there will also be the absence of
staff who will be off sick or self-isolating on various occasions, so
please bear with us.
Dear Ms Threipland,
Please find attached the response to your FOI request of 31 December.
Trust FOI Manager
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
Orchard House, St Ann’s Hospital, London N15 3TH
Email: [Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust request email]
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