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FOI / 4012 / 2019 - Mental health


Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm that Essex County Fire & Rescue Service does hold this information.

Please see below the answer to your request.

Final Response:

The hyperlink in your original request attachment does not work, so we are unable to mirror the format that has been requested when presenting the response.

However, we have provided the data below that has been requested


No of cases *

Total Calendar Days Lost

Total Average Headcount





*Number of cases = number of individuals taking absence due to a mental health related condition.

We are not in a position to provide historic data as our previous HR information system did not allow us to accurately capture the reasons for sickness absence.

In addition to this, it has only been with the introduction of our new HR information system in December 2018 that we started capturing absence for On Call colleagues in the system. Data prior to this date excludes these people and is therefore not wholly representative of the Service’s sickness record.

Please note that the response and data released to you as part of this request will be published on the Essex County Fire & Rescue Service website. The website address is All requests will be anonymised and no personal information including contact details will be disclosed as part of this process.