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Section 117 (of the Mental Health Act 1983) Aftercare Services

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Dear Southampton City Council,

This FOI request relates to aftercare services for patients detained compulsorily under The Mental Health Act 1983 at hospitals run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust after their detention ceases, including whilst they remain under the care of a community team.

Under s.117(1), local social services authorities ("LSSAs") and clinical commissioning groups ("CCGs) (acting together) are obligated to provide aftercare for such patients.

Under s.117(2), LSSAs and CCGs (acting together) are obligated to provide aftercare until such time as they are satisfied that the person concerned is no longer in need of such services. This includes those who cease to be detained in hospital but remain as community patients.

I request the following information for calendar years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and the first 9 months of 2020. Alternatively, if easier, please use the equivalent financial years and the first 6 months of 2020/21.

1. How many patients detained under section 3 have been discharged from aftercare services by Southampton LSSA?

i) Immediately they cease to be detained in hospital.

ii) After discharge by an Acute Mental Health Team following detention in hospital.

iii) After discharge by a Community Enhancing Recovery Team following detention.

iv) After discharge by a Community Mental Health Team following detention.

v) Who at Southampton LSSA are responsible for liaising with CCGs and determining when aftercare is no longer needed: job titles and qualifications please?

To avoid the risk of duplication, these questions relate solely to patients’ final discharge from aftercare services. They do not relate to discharge from individual teams at the Trust.

2. How many patients admitted to hospital - under a hospital order under section 37; transferred to a hospital by a hospital direction order under section 45A; or a transfer direction order under section 47 or 48 – have been discharged from aftercare services? Please provide just a total figure for these sub-categories.

i) Immediately, they cease to be detained in hospital.

ii) After discharge by an Acute Mental Health Team following detention in hospital.

iii) After discharge by a Community Enhancing Recovery Team following detention.

iv) After discharge by a Community Mental Health Team following detention.

v) Who at Southampton LSSA are responsible for liaising with CCGs and determining when aftercare is no longer needed: job titles and qualifications please?

I repeat the previous qualification about the risk of duplication.

Yours faithfully,

Geoff Hill

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Dear Geoff Hill,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 09/11/2020.
This matter has been logged under reference number FOI-2021-0658-039270.

 

Due to unprecedented challenges facing the Council during the coronavirus
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Dear Geoff Hill,

 

I understand you were anticipating a response to your freedom of
information request no later than close of play, 07/12/2020.

 

Unfortunately, your request has taken longer than anticipated to process,
and as such the Council is not currently in a position to respond. I have
chased this matter with the relevant service this morning and have asked
them to provide timescales for a full response.  

 

However - Due to unprecedented challenges facing the Council during the
coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, resources are being diverted from service
areas, so that key services can be provided. As such, there may be further
delays in providing you with the information requested, however you will
receive a response as soon as possible.

 

I hope that this is understandable during this extraordinary period.

 

Regards,

 

Nathan Matterson
Information Governance Officer

Legal & Governance

Southampton and Fareham Legal Services Partnership
Southampton City Council
Tel: 023 8083 3000 (switchboard)

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Dear Geoff Hill,

 

I refer to your Freedom of Information request referenced FOI-2021-0658.

 

Please find attached the Council’s response to your recent Freedom of
Information Act request. Please accept the Council’s apology for the delay
in responding to your request.

 

 

Kind regards

Business Support Officer (FOI’s)

Business Support Service

Southampton City Council

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