Serious Incident Statistics

Johanna Langheld made this Freedom of Information request to Coventry University

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Dear Coventry University,

A ‘serious incident’ is an adverse event, with significant harmful or potentially harmful consequences, and/or where the effectiveness of the university response is likely to have a significant impact on the health, wellbeing or welfare of a student, their family and/or the community.

Serious incidents should be investigated, in order to identify any factors that might have contributed towards the incident occurring, and the fundamental issues (or root causes) that underpin them. It affords a no-blame opportunity to review what happened; what was done well/ the good practise points; areas of concern, if there are any, and importantly what lessons can be learned.

UUK’s Suicide-Safer Universities (2018) guidance recommends that serious incident investigations be conducted following a student death. The need for such a report has been highlighted by Ministers and at least one Coroner. The sharing of experiences, best practises and relevant knowledge with others is similarly advocated. Serious incident investigations should also as a matter of course be carried out in cases of attempted suicide, near misses, parasuicide, and non-suicidal self-injury.

So, with regard to the health, wellbeing or welfare of one or more students. For each of the academic periods 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21:
a) How many serious incident investigations has Coventry University conducted?
b) How many serious incident reports has Coventry University produced?
c) How many serious incidents involved a fatality?
d) How many serious incident reports and/or their findings has Coventry University shared with other institutions?
e) How many serious incident reports and/or their findings have other institutions shared with you?
For each report in (d) and (e), please specify the different types of institution that were involved in the sharing e.g., other university, UUK, NHS, PHE, Mental Health Trust, OfS, DfE, etc

Yours sincerely

Johanna Langheld

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Dear Johanna,

REF: Freedom of Information Request - FOIA1449

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Diana Dinu| Information Governance Unit
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Freedom of Information requests, Coventry University

Dear Johanna,

REF: Freedom of Information request – FOIA1449

 

Please find below in red the response to the Freedom of Information
request you made to Coventry University in respect of serious incidents.

 

Request and response:

 

A ‘serious incident’ is an adverse event, with significant harmful or
potentially harmful consequences, and/or where the effectiveness of the
university response is likely to have a significant impact on the health,
wellbeing or welfare of a student, their family and/or the community.

 

Serious incidents should be investigated, in order to identify any factors
that might have contributed towards the incident occurring, and the
fundamental issues (or root causes) that underpin them. It affords a
no-blame opportunity to review what happened; what was done well/ the good
practise points; areas of concern, if there are any, and importantly what
lessons can be learned.

 

UUK’s Suicide-Safer Universities (2018) guidance recommends that serious
incident investigations be conducted following a student death. The need
for such a report has been highlighted by Ministers and at least one
Coroner. The sharing of experiences, best practises and relevant knowledge
with others is similarly advocated. Serious incident investigations should
also as a matter of course be carried out in cases of attempted suicide,
near misses, parasuicide, and non-suicidal self-injury.

 

So, with regard to the health, wellbeing or welfare of one or more
students. For each of the academic periods 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21:

a)      How many serious incident investigations has Coventry University
conducted?

b)      How many serious incident reports has Coventry University
produced?

c)      How many serious incidents involved a fatality?

d)      How many serious incident reports and/or their findings has
Coventry University shared with other institutions?

e)      How many serious incident reports and/or their findings have other
institutions shared with you?

For each report in (d) and (e), please specify the different types of
institution that were involved in the sharing e.g., other university, UUK,
NHS, PHE, Mental Health Trust, OfS, DfE, etc

 

We have determined it would take an extensive amount of time for us to
obtain and collate the information requested and this would exceed the
appropriate cost limit of 18 hours. As such, we are relying on Section 12
of the Freedom of Information Act to exempt the information requested.

Coventry University does not have a central repository just for serious
incidents, as defined in your request. Incidents related to the health,
wellbeing or welfare of one or more students could be reported to and
investigated within various departments in the University, depending on
the incident.  In addition, they could be reported by us to the Police and
investigated directly by them. In order for us to respond to your request
we would have to contact every department, determine which incidents are
serious as per the definition you have provided and extract the
information you are seeking in each of your questions. By way of example
only, our Protection Services department receives an average of 52
incident reports per week (average calculated over the last three years)
and we would have to review all reports received by them during the
timeframe of 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years to obtain a
response for that department only.

 

If you have any queries or concerns in regards to this matter then please
do not hesitate to contact me via [1][Coventry University request email], however please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

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Kind regards,

 

Diana Dinu| Information Governance Unit

Coventry University, Portal House, Floor 3, 163 New Union Street,
Coventry, CV1 2PL

T: 02477657572 M: 07557425569 | E: [email address] |
W: www.coventry.ac.uk        

Please see Information Governance Unit (IGU) site for more
information here.

Report a data breach here.

 

 

 

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