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

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Charlotte Threipland

Dear Norfolk and Suffolk 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

Information Rights, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

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Information Rights, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Requestor

 

Thank you for your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Please see below the information you have requested.

 

No. Question Answers
  I would like to receive information Please see attached PDF’s copy
relating to the number of patients of IR – 1247 FOI 451 Section 2
detained under Section 2 of the Mental data Jan 18 to December 20 and
Health Act from 1 January 2018 to 31 copy of IR – 1247 FOI 451
December 2020. Although we made a Section 2 data Jan 18 to
similar request on 24 September 2020, December 20 page 2
this is a fresh request for a reduced
amount of information over a slightly
longer time period.

 
  (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).

 

 

 

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Sarah Ayto

Information Rights Officer

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

 

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Hellesdon Hospital, Drayton High Road, Norwich, NR6 5BE

 

 

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