Serious Incident Statistics

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Johanna Langheld

Dear University of Manchester,

I am requesting information pertaining to all serious incident investigations involving the health, wellbeing or welfare of one or more students - a ‘serious incident’ being 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.

The need for a serious incident report is specifically recognised in UUK’s Suicide-Safer Universities (2018) guidance.

It would be most useful, if your reply could be comprehensive. The key factor in all cases is that the University conducted a serious incident investigation. It is not limited to serious incident investigations following the death of a student, or a student suicide, or conducted after a mental health incident (such as attempted suicide, near misses, parasuicide, and non-suicidal self-injury), and whether in University owned property or not. Additionally, if you have records regarding students who were no longer registered with the University, but where you still carried out such an investigation, that information would also be of interest.

If you could provide the relevant numbers, subdivided according to any of the above and/or other categories, that would be extremely helpful.

So, for each of the academic periods 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21:
a) How many serious incident investigations has the University of Manchester conducted?
b) How many serious incident reports were produced?
c) How many serious incidents involved a fatality?
d) How many serious incident reports and/or their findings has the University of Manchester shared with other institutions?
e) How many serious incident reports and/or their findings have other institutions shared with you?

In the case of (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

MTRS FOIA, University of Manchester

Dear Johanna,

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Kind regards

Sharon

Sharon Glen | Information Officer | Information Governance Office | Directorate of Compliance and Risk |Professional Services | G7 Christie Building | The University of Manchester | Oxford Road | Manchester | M13 9PL | Tel +44(0) 161 306 7549| www.manchester.ac.uk

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MTRS FOIA, University of Manchester

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Dear Johanna,

 

Thank you for your request for information received by The University of
Manchester on 03 March 2021. Please accept my apologies for the delay in
our response, which can be found below.

 

I am requesting information pertaining to all serious incident
investigations involving the health, wellbeing or welfare of one or more
students -  a ‘serious incident’ being 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.

 

The University of Manchester uses a case conference approach to consider
significant welfare incidents. Following a significant incident, whether
involving risk to self or others , serious self-harm, or safeguarding a
case conference will be arranged. The membership will be determined by the
context but would usually include the Director of Campus Life,
representatives from the central support services, and if appropriate, the
academic School and Residences. On occasion extremal 3^rd parties such as
NHS mental health services or GPs are included. The case conference
reviews events so far and any actions taken, and makes decisions about
further appropriate actions needed to mitigate risk and ensure appropriate
support is in place.

Following the most serious cases e.g. a completed suicide or a suicide
attempt (near misses) a serious incident review would be held. Membership
of this would include the Director of Student Experience, Heads of the
relevant support services, and if appropriate, School and Residences. The
purpose of these meetings is to review any actions taken and to draw any
lessons to inform future decisions.

 

a) How many serious incident investigations has the University of
Manchester conducted?

18-19

Case conferences 7

Serious Incident review 9

 

19-20

Case conferences 9

Serious Incident review 7

 

20-21 (to Date)

Case conferences 6

Serious Incident review 1

 

b) How many serious incident reports were produced?

Notes are taken of each of the meetings and actions recorded.

 

c) How many serious incidents involved a fatality?

The figures provided include student fatalities from all causes.

 

18-19 = 10

19-20 = 11

20-21 (to date) = 7

 

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

The notes of these meetings relate to specific students and are therefore
confidential.

 

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

0

 

I trust that this information is of use to you.

 

Kind regards

 

Sharon

 

Sharon Glen | Information Officer | Information Governance Office |
Directorate of Compliance and Risk |Professional Services | G7 Christie
Building | The University of Manchester | Oxford Road | Manchester | M13
9PL | Tel +44(0) 161 306 7549| [1]www.manchester.ac.uk

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