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Number of patients detained and discharged

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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 and the number of patients discharged under various sections of the Mental Health Act from January 2018 to September 2020.

Please can you provide the following information:

1. The number of people detained under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act from 2018 to date. Please provide a monthly breakdown of these figures for the years 2018 and 2019, and a weekly breakdown for 2020.

2. The number of people discharged under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act from 2018 to date. Please provide a monthly breakdown of these figures for the years 2018 and 2019, and a weekly breakdown for 2020.

3. The number of people detained under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act from 2018 to date. Please provide a monthly breakdown of these figures for the years 2018 and 2019, and a weekly breakdown for 2020.

4. The number of people discharged under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act from 2018 to date. Please provide a monthly breakdown of these figures for the years 2018 and 2019, and a weekly breakdown for 2020.

5. The number of people detained under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act each week from 2018 to date. Please provide a monthly breakdown of these figures for the years 2018 and 2019, and a weekly breakdown for 2020.

6. The number of people discharged under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act each week from 2018 to date. Please provide a monthly breakdown of these figures for the years 2018 and 2019, and a weekly breakdown for 2020.

Please break down all the above information by age, gender and ethnic background.

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,

Aaron Walawalkar and Charlotte Threipland

Information Rights, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

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Annette Lynskey

Information Rights Assistant

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

 

DD: 01603 421762

[mobile number]

E: [1][email address]

 

Hellesdon Hospital, Drayton High Road, Norwich NR6 5BE

 

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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
1. The number of people detained See the attached document
under Section 2 of the Mental
Health Act from 2018 to date.
Please provide a monthly breakdown
of these figures for the years
2018 and 2019, and a weekly
breakdown for 2020.
2. The number of people discharged See the attached document.
under Section 2 of the Mental
Health Act from 2018 to date.  
Please provide a monthly breakdown
of these figures for the years Please note that these figures are
2018 and 2019, and a weekly for patients who are still under
breakdown for 2020. treatment but discharged from
Section 2 or Transferred elsewhere.
3. The number of people detained See the attached document.
under Section 3 of the Mental
Health Act from 2018 to date.
Please provide a monthly breakdown
of these figures for the years
2018 and 2019, and a weekly
breakdown for 2020.
4. The number of people discharged See the attached document.
under Section 3 of the Mental
Health Act from 2018 to date.  
Please provide a monthly breakdown
of these figures for the years Please note that these figures are
2018 and 2019, and a weekly for patients who are still under
breakdown for 2020. treatment but discharged from
Section 3 or Transferred elsewhere.
5. The number of people detained See the attached document.
under Section 37 of the Mental
Health Act each week from 2018 to
date. Please provide a monthly
breakdown of these figures for the
years 2018 and 2019, and a weekly
breakdown for 2020.
6. The number of people discharged See the attached document.
under Section 37 of the Mental
Health Act each week from 2018 to  
date. Please provide a monthly
breakdown of these figures for the Please note that these figures are
years 2018 and 2019, and a weekly for patients who are still under
breakdown for 2020 treatment but discharged from
Section 37 or Transferred
elsewhere.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Rebecca Aldous

Information Rights Officer

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

 

DD: 01603 421736

[mobile number]

E: [3][email address]

 

Hellesdon Hospital, Drayton High Road, Norwich NR6 5BE

 

 

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Dear Information Rights,

Thank you for your response to my request.

I am emailing to request clarification on the data.

Have you provided the number of 'new detentions' starting within each month/week, or have you provided the total number of 'open detentions' counted within each monthly/weekly period?

I understand that, as detentions can span a number of months/weeks, providing open detentions in the period would be double-counting where detentions span across multiple months/weeks.

I ask as the data appears to show, for example, a very significant increase in the number of people detained each month in 2019 vs each month in 2020 (if you add up the relevant weeks). I suspect this is because the data is all ‘open detentions,’ rather than new detentions.

If so, I was interested in counting only new detentions starting within the month/ week. Apologies for any confusion. Please would it be possible to provide this data instead?

Yours sincerely,

Aaron Walawalkar

Information Rights, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Walawalkar

I can confirm that the data was for 'open detentions'. Please can I just clarify that you wish for only 'new detentions' and I ask that you submit a new request with only the questions that you need to be answered and we will action this for you.

Many thanks

Rebecca Aldous
Information Rights Officer
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

DD: 01603 421736
[mobile number]
E: [email address]

Hellesdon Hospital, Drayton High Road, Norwich NR6 5BE

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