Dear freedom of information manager,

I am writing to see if you might be able to help me with the following request for information.

Could you provide the name of the organisation commissioned to deliver Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) in the period April 2018 to March 2019?

If you hold data on the number of IMCA referrals made to you in the year 2018/19. (preferably from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, or any other 12 month period within 2018/19 you could specify) please could you provide information on how many times an IMCA was instructed in each decision:

i. Long term Change of Accommodation
ii. Serious Medical Treatment
iii. Review of the Accommodation
iv. Safeguarding

b) If you hold data on the number of times an advocate was instructed from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 (or any other 12 month period within 2018/19 you could specify) please could you provide information on how many times an IMCA DoLS was instructed within each of these:

i. 39A DoLS process
ii. 39C DoLS process
iii. 39D DoLS process

I would also be very grateful if you could tell me how many times a paid RPR was instructed in the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 or any other 12 month period within 2018/19 you could specify.

If you do not hold the data for the above could you kindly tell me who does?

If you are not recording this data at present could you please tell me if you plan to start to record this data in the next 12 months?

The 'What Do They Know' suggestions for good practice recommended that organisations make this kind of information publicly available on their own website, would you consider doing this in the future?

Thank you so much for your help with this request,

Kind regards,

K. Huijbers

foi, Middlesbrough Council

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Dear K Huijbers

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 9th June 2019.

Unfortunately we do not hold the requested information centrally and it would require an extensive manual trawl through individual records to locate, retrieve and compile any information held.

Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act allows public authorities to refuse to answer requests for information if the cost of complying would exceed the "appropriate limit" prescribed in the Regulations. The appropriate limit as set out in the Act is £450 (an hourly rate of £25 per person per hour for a maximum of 18 hours in total).

To fully comply with your request we have determined that the appropriate fees limit of £450 would be exceeded as per section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act, and the Council is therefore exempted from providing the information that you have requested.

Under Section 16 of the Freedom of information Act we do have a duty to advise and assist. Unfortunately the Council does not have the necessary resources to undertake this level of work even for a fee. The Tees Advocacy Hub provides an advocacy service and this includes Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) services. This service is provided by Middlesbrough Citizens Advice. You may wish to contact the CAB to request the information:

Citizens Advice
9 Linthorpe Road
Middlesbrough
TS1 1RE
Phone: 0344 499 4110

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled you may ask for an internal review within 40 days of receipt of the response. You should write to:-

Ann-Marie Johnstone,
Governance and Information Manager,
P.O. Box 500
2nd Floor
Civic Centre
Middlesbrough
TS1 9FT

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for an independent review. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: -
Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire,
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

Janette Anderson
Information Requests Officer

Strategy, Information and Governance
P.O. Box 500
Civic Centre
Middlesbrough
TS1 9FT

Email:   [Middlesbrough Council request email]
 

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Dear foi,

Thank you for your response. I am a little surprised as when I made a similar request which was in fact for a longer period the previous two years this was answered by your FOI department. Please would you reconsider responding to this request which is smaller than the previous one?

Yours sincerely,

K. Huijbers

foi, Middlesbrough Council

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concerning a request for information, please treat this email as an
acknowledgment of your request. A response will be provided within 20
working days of receipt.

If you are requesting personal information about yourself (Subject Access
Request), a member of the team will contact you regarding making your
request live. Subject Access Requests are subject to a statutory 30
calendar day response period.

Regards
Information Requests Team

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Dear Sir/Madam

I refer to your email received on 26th September 2019, regarding your request for information. I have referred your request back to Adult Services for assessment and will contact you again shortly.

Yours sincerely

Information Requests Team

Strategy, Information and Governance
P.O. Box 500
Civic Centre
Middlesbrough
TS1 9FT
Email:   [Middlesbrough Council request email]
 

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Dear foi,

I really appreciate your help with this, thanks so much!

Yours sincerely,

K. Huijbers

foi, Middlesbrough Council

Thank you for contacting the Information Requests Team. If your email is
concerning a request for information, please treat this email as an
acknowledgment of your request. A response will be provided within 20
working days of receipt.

If you are requesting personal information about yourself (Subject Access
Request), a member of the team will contact you regarding making your
request live. Subject Access Requests are subject to a statutory 30
calendar day response period.

Regards
Information Requests Team

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foi, Middlesbrough Council

 

Dear K Huijbers

 

REF NO: 014922  

 

I refer to the query you raised in relation to the response provided to
you on 17 June 2019. The service area have reviewed the response provided
as follows:

 

Could you provide the name of the organisation commissioned to deliver
Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) in the period April 2018 to
March 2019?

 

Response: Middlesbrough Citizens Advice Bureau and Skills for People

If you hold data on the number of IMCA referrals made to you in the year
2018/19. (preferably from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, or any other 12
month period within 2018/19 you could specify) please could you provide
information on how many times an IMCA was instructed in each decision:

Response: It is more difficult to breakdown by reason for referral because
our providers reports total all IMCA referrals when calculating these
figures, i.e. they include referrals from Stockton and Redcar & Cleveland.
Therefore the figures have been derived from the percentage of the overall
referrals that were specific to Middlesbrough 2018/19

i. Long term Change of Accommodation            

 

Response: 79

ii. Serious Medical Treatment                            

 

Response: 42

iii. Review of the Accommodation                      

 

Response: 20

iv. Safeguarding                                               

 

Response: 40
b) If you hold data on the number of times an advocate was instructed from
1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 (or any other 12 month period within 2018/19
you could specify) please could you provide information on how many times
an IMCA DoLS was instructed within each of these:

2018/19

i. 39A DoLS process     

 

Response: 86

ii. 39C DoLS process    

 

Response: 1

iii. 39D DoLS process   

 

Response: 38
I would also be very grateful if you could tell me how many times a paid
RPR was instructed in the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 or any
other 12 month period within 2018/19 you could specify. 

 

Response: 65 for 2018/19
If you do not hold the data for the above could you kindly tell me who
does?

If you are not recording this data at present could you please tell me if
you plan to start to record this data in the next 12 months?

The 'What Do They Know' suggestions for good practice recommended that
organisations make this kind of  information publicly available on their
own website, would you consider doing this in the future? 

 

Response: We operate a collaborative framework  (Stockton, Middlesbrough
and Redcar Council)  contract with a range of providers for a range of
advocacy services presently this is not something we are considering under
the current framework arrangement.

 

If you have any queries about this response, please do not hesitate to
email [1][Middlesbrough Council request email]. Please remember to quote the reference
number shown above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled you may ask
for an internal review within 40 days of receipt of the response. You
should email [2][Middlesbrough Council request email] or write to:-

Ann-Marie Johnstone

Governance & Information Manager

P.O. Box 500,

Civic Centre,

Middlesbrough.

TS1 9FT

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for an
independent review. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: -

 

Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire,
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

 

Steph Robson

Information Requests Coordinator

 

Finance, Governance and Support

Strategy, Information and Governance

Middlesbrough Council

P.O. Box 500
Civic Centre
Middlesbrough
TS1 9FT

Email:   [3][Middlesbrough Council request email]

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