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Learning Disability Census Collections

This page provides links to all publications from the Learning Disability Census collections.

The Learning Disability Census has collected data three times;

  • 30 September 2015
  • 30 September 2014
  • 30 September 2013


Data is collected through the NHS Digital Clinical Audit Platform (CAP). Providers submit data to reflect the position on census day. Providers have a set period of time to submit their data for analysis before the platform closes.

More information on the background is available within our archive page.   




Data releases

For all collections, data was released in two stages. This allowed NHS digital to produce an initial output as timely as possible and then follow with more detailed analysis.

Learning Disability Census 2015

Initial report - England level data for all measures including linking to 2013 and 2014 data and the Assuring Transformation collection

Further analysis - Local Office split of key measures (we are experiencing difficulties with the website. Access the files

Learning Disability Census 2014

Initial report - England level data for all measures including linking to 2013 data

Further analysis - Area Team split of key measures

Learning Disability Census 2013

Initial report - Demographics, ward type, distance from home and length of stay

Further analysis - Geographical split by key measures plus use of medication and number of incidents

Guidance document for each Learning Disability census collection

The documents linked here provide guidance on the questions validations for each Learning Disability Census collection.


Related data collections

Assuring Transformation collects information on an ongoing basis from commissioners of inpatient Learning Disability services. 

NHS Digital's first release of this data included a comparison between the patients recorded in the Learning Disability Census and the Assuring Transformation Collection. The comparison was based on reported NHS numbers. Read the analysis.

A copy of the Learning Disability Census page is also available.

Last edited: 19 January 2021 3:30 pm