This report presents initial findings from the 2014 Learning Disability Census. Data were collected via the Health and Social Care (HSCIC) on behalf of the Department of Health, the Care Quality Commission, Public Health England and NHS England.
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.
This initial release reports at England level on key findings of the 2014 Census. This is the third release in a series of four and follows on from two previous reports on the 2013 Census. Where possible, comparisons are made within this report between 2014 and 2013 data.
The principal aim of the 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 service users who were inpatients in NHS and independent services at midnight on 30 September 2014.
Important: Please note that we reissued the reference data tables and the report on 23rd March 2015 in order to correct minor errors in the figures.
1. In Table 3 of the reference data tables, the values for the 2013 counts of patients on Census day by type of provider were erroneous. The independent sector provider figure should have been 1,446 rather than 1,399, and the NHS provider figure should have been 1,804 rather than 1,851. This also affected the per cent difference between 2013 and 2014 (which should have been 4 per cent for ISPs and -4 per cent for NHS (not 7 per cent and -7 per cent), and the per cent of patients for 2013, which should have been 44 per cent for ISPs and 56 per cent for NHS (not 43 per cent and 57 per cent). This also affected Figure 5 of the report (Number of patients by provider type), which includes all figure above except the per cent differences between 2013 and 2014.
2. In Table 4 of the reference data tables, the number of patients 'Not subject to the Mental Health 1983' in 2013 should have been 714 not 718; the number of patients under 'MHA Part III with restrictions' in 2013 should have been 613 not 573 and the percentage of patients under 'MHA Part III with restrictions' in 2013 should have been 19 per cent not 18 per cent.
Users of these statistics should ensure that, if re-using these figures, that they download the latest versions of the reference data tables and report (labelled as v2).