Mental Health

Reference: 

939

Request detail: 

Dear FOI team,

I am sending this request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), to ask for the following information:

Information relating to staff absence due to mental health.

I would like figures by financial year for the number of firefighters and civilian employees absent due to mental health related illness within your fire service.

London Fire Brigade responded to a similar request in January 2018 (see disclosure log FOIA3550.1, at https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/media/3217/foia35501.pdf). I would be grateful, if at all possible, if you could follow the same format for your response to this information request, and trust this is also easier for you.

A further reason for asking for the information in this format is so that I can collate it on a national level more easily.

[Further information: in FOIA response 3550.1, London Fire Brigade gave a table, by financial year (for 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2017/18) with details of number of cases of absence due to mental health (“stress, anxiety and depression related illness”), a column with an unexplained acroynm (“LWD”), which I assume is total number of days lost, and contextual columns detailing maximum days available, and average number of staff.]

Please can you update this information with the following:

1.      2018/19 data on number of cases, number of days of absence, total days and

total average staff, as per the methodology of the previous response.

2.      If there is time without exceeding time limits (Section 12), please also

provide data for the financial years 2011/12 through to 2015/16.

3.      Please explain/clarify as necessary the “LWD” column, and please

provide any further context or explanation on methodology that you deem helpful/necessary.

 

If it is necessary for any reason to redact any information, please redact the minimum necessary and send me the rest of the material, explaining the legal grounds for each redaction.

 

 

Response detail: 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Please see below the resonse to your questions.

Please note that our system does not record retained firefighter sickness as days/shifts lost therefore we do not hold this information and for this reason retained firefighters have not been included in the average staff numbers.

 

No. of Cases

Working Days Lost

Maximum Days Available

Average no. of Staff

2011/12

10

179

108177

285

2012/13

7

284

105535

280

2013/14

9

342

102213

264

2014/15

10

377

96857

251

2015/16

11

308

96271

248

2016/17

13

352

97407

255

2017/18

13

353

98418

261

2018/19

15

463

100209

263

Information Released: 

Yes

Received: 

Tuesday, 3 September, 2019

Responded: 

Tuesday, 1 October, 2019

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