Number of patients detained and discharged

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Dear South West Yorkshire Partnership 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

foi, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear foi,

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

foi, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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within the statutory timescale of 20 working days. This is calculated as
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within the 20 working days. • Standard office hours are considered to be
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have arrived the next working day. Please bear this in mind when
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you with the information you have requested or explain why it has not been
provided quoting an Exemption under the FOI Act. We will contact you for
clarification should we fail to understand any part of your FOI request.
For your information, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation
Trust (SWYPFT) is a provider of mental health and learning disabilities
services. We are not an acute hospital Trust, Clinical Commissioning Group
(CCG) or provider of primary care services. If your request has been
misdirected to our Trust we will respond and confirm that we do not hold
the information you require and where possible, redirect you accordingly.
Yours faithfully, SWYPFT Freedom of Information Team 'This email or any
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