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

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Charlotte Threipland

Dear Sheffield Health and Social Care 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

Charlotte Threipland

Dear Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust,

I write following a request I made under the Freedom of Information Act on 31 December 2020. I note that I have still not received an acknowledgment to my request and ask that you please confirm that it was received. The 20 day time limit for you to comply expires on 1 February 2021.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Charlotte Threipland

Freedom Of Information, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Charlotte,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

Apologies for the delay in response, we have had to deploy staff to other areas to deal with the issues surrounding Covid-19.

We aim to deal with your response 20 working days from today and I will be in touch in due course with a response to your request.

Kind regards

Joel Animi
Corporate Affairs
Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS FT
Tel: 0114 271 8956
E-mail: [email address]

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Charlotte Threipland

Dear Freedom Of Information,

We would like to withdraw this FOI request. The request has not been handled within our project timeframe. We appreciate that your resources have been overstretched during the pandemic.

Yours sincerely,

Charlotte Threipland