FOI Request Mental Health Officers

Request 101001503931

Please provide the (a) number of mental health officers and (b) vacancies for mental health officers, for each month in each year since 2015 to present.

Please provide the (a) average, (b) maximum and (c) minimum, time it took for a mental health officer to be appointed to a case for each month in each year since 2015 to present.

Response 09-06-2017

1.a. We are unable to provide numbers for each month so this information is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom if Information (Scotland) Act 2002- Information Not Held. As at 31 March each year there were the following number of employees with “mental health officer” in their job title:

2015 – one - Community Care/Mental Health Officer (Learning Disabilities)

2016 – one - Community Care/Mental Health Officer (Learning Disabilities)

2017 – one - Community Care/Mental Health Officer (Learning Disabilities)

b.No vacant posts have been advertised with “mental health officer” in the post title in the years since 2015.

2. In an emergency detention under the Mental Health Care and Treatment Act (i.e. S36 or S44) then allocation would be instant, otherwise the average timescale for the average case is 12 weeks. Where the Council receives a request for an MHO to do a guardianship report it is usually allocated within 5 working days, unless it is a complex case as these can take longer with requests for further information causing delays.

Updated Information 12-06-2017

Monthly breakdown for the following years:

2015        2016         2017

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