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

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Charlotte Threipland

Dear Lancashire & South Cumbria 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

Freedom Of Information Requests (LSCFT),

Thank you for your Freedom Of Information (FOI) request - have you looked
for the information on the Trust website, as the information may already
be there? 

 

As you will appreciate due to the CORONAVIRUS the Trust is facing numerous
challenges including pressure in maintain staffing levels and expertise. 
The Trust will endeavour to respond to FOI’s  will most likely be subject
to a delay for the foreseeable future whilst the Trust prioritises the
delivery of healthcare and focuses its resources on making sure that our
patients are receiving the treatment and care needed. 

 

The Trust appreciates your support during this on-going situation and
suggests that if your request is of a non urgent nature and it can be made
at a later date rather than now, this will assist with managing demand and
delays.  

 

 

General website ([1]https://www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/) and previously
answered FOI requests that we have published on the website can be found
here ([2]https://www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/foi).

 

Your FOI request will be acknowledged and if the request is applicable to
the Trust will be responded to within the legal 20 working day deadline.

 

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Freedom Of Information Requests (LSCFT),

Dear Charlotte

Thank you for your enquiry, which will be dealt with as per the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We will endeavour to send a response within twenty working days i.e. 29th January 2021.
For all future correspondence please quote the reference shown in the subject line above.

As you will appreciate due to the CORONAVIRUS the Trust is facing numerous challenges including pressure in maintaining staffing levels and expertise. The Trust will endeavour to respond to FOI’s within the legal timeframe but they will most likely be subject to a delay for the foreseeable future whilst the Trust prioritises the delivery of healthcare and focuses its resources on making sure that our patients are receiving the treatment and care needed.

The Trust appreciates your support during this on-going situation and suggests that if your request is of a non urgent nature and it can be made at a later date rather than now, it will assist with managing demand and delays. However, we will continue to process your request unless we hear otherwise from you

Regards
 
Sue Stone
Information Governance Specialist
 
Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Phone: 01772 695300
e-mail:  [email address]
post address:   Sceptre Point, Sceptre Way, Walton Summit, Bamber Bridge, Preston PR5 6AW

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Freedom Of Information Requests (LSCFT),

Dear Charlotte
Can we ask for an extension to the legal deadline to 5th February 2021?

Regards
 
Sue Stone
Information Governance Specialist
 
Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Phone: 01772 695300
e-mail:  [email address]
post address:   Sceptre Point, Sceptre Way, Walton Summit, Bamber Bridge, Preston PR5 6AW

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Freedom Of Information Requests (LSCFT),

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Dear Charlotte

The Trust response can be found in the attached document. Please note we are unable to supply the ethnicity data as the some of the numbers are so low that they may potentially identify a patient.

If you are unhappy with the way the Trust has handled your request, you may ask for an internal review by contacting the FOI Lead at [email address] If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow

Regards
 
Sue Stone
Information Governance Specialist
 
Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Phone: 01772 695300
e-mail:  [email address]
post address:   Sceptre Point, Sceptre Way, Walton Summit, Bamber Bridge, Preston PR5 6AW

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Charlotte Threipland

Dear Freedom Of Information Requests (LSCFT),

Thank you for your prompt response to our request. On your point about the ethnicity data, other Trusts have overcome this issue by using "<5" instead of the actual data point, when it is less than 5. Can I ask that you fulfil our request for ethnicity breakdown using this method please?

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Charlotte Threipland

Freedom Of Information Requests (LSCFT),

Dear Charlotte

Thank you for your request for an internal review, which will be dealt with as per the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We will endeavour to send a response within twenty working days i.e. 3rd March 2021.

For all future correspondence please quote the reference shown in the subject line above.

As you will appreciate due to the CORONAVIRUS the Trust is facing numerous challenges including pressure in maintaining staffing levels and expertise. The Trust will endeavour to respond to FOI’s within the legal timeframe but they will most likely be subject to a delay for the foreseeable future whilst the Trust prioritises the delivery of healthcare and focuses its resources on making sure that our patients are receiving the treatment and care needed.

The Trust appreciates your support during this on-going situation and suggests that if your request is of a non urgent nature and it can be made at a later date rather than now, it will assist with managing demand and delays. However, we will continue to process your request unless we hear otherwise from you.

Regards
 
Helen Palmer
Integrated Business Manager
Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

T: 01772 695300
E: [email address]
P: Trust HQ | Sceptre Point | Sceptre Way | Walton Summit | Preston | PR5 6AW

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Freedom Of Information Requests (LSCFT),

1 Attachment

Dear Charlotte,

The Trust response can be found in the attached document.

If you are unhappy with the way the Trust has handled your request, you may ask for an internal review by contacting the FOI Lead at [email address] If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow

Regards
 
Helen Palmer
Integrated Business Manager
Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

T: 01772 695300
E: [email address]
P: Trust HQ | Sceptre Point | Sceptre Way | Walton Summit | Preston | PR5 6AW

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