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Learning Disabilities Census Report, England - 30 September 2014, Further Analysis

Publication date: 09:30 April 30, 2015


This report presents further findings from the 2014 Learning Disability Census for key measures at Area Team level. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) collected data on behalf of the Department of Health, the Care Quality Commission, Public Health England and NHS England.

The 2014 Learning Disability Census was the second such collection recording key information about the location and level of inpatient care for patients with learning disabilities and/or Autism spectrum disorder (including Asperger's); the first census took place on 30 September 2013. Information on the Learning Disability Census can be found at:

The principal aim of the Learning Disability Census is to deliver action 17 in 'Transforming Care: A national response to Winterbourne View Hospital - "an audit of current services for people with challenging behaviour to take a snapshot of provision, numbers of out of area placements and lengths of stay".

The Learning Disability Census provides an individual record-level snapshot of inpatients with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and/or behaviour that challenges, and the services they receive, for patients who were inpatients in NHS and independent services at midnight on 30 September 2014.

Key Facts

Responses from 92 provider organisations were received on behalf of 3,230 patients who met the inclusion criteria for the 2014 Learning Disability Census.

This report highlights the following key items from the reference tables that accompany this release. All data is shown at Area Team Level:

Reason for being in inpatient care

  • Legal status on census day
  • Need for inpatient care as per main treatment reason
  • Behavioural risks

Care plan

  • Need for inpatient care as per the details of the care plan

Experience of care

  • Use of antipsychotic medication
  • Incidents (self-harm, accidents, physical assault, restraint or seclusion)

Use of an independent advocacy

  • Independent advocacy usage

Distance from home and length of stay

  • Distance from home by distance bands
  • Length of stay by time bands

Patients receiving care in both collections

  • Approximate rate of discharge
  • Patients receiving continuous inpatient care


Date Range: 30 September 2014 to 30 September 2014
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: NHS Trusts, Hospital Trusts, Government Office Regions, Local Authorities, Mental Health Trusts, Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Regions

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