Summary findings from the AT dataset
Data collected at the end of June 2021 shows that:
- There were 2,075 learning disabilities and/or autism inpatients at the end of the month.
- More patients were discharged (145) than admitted (100) to hospitals.
- 95 (66%) were discharged back into the community.
- Many inpatients have been in hospital for a long time. Of those in hospital at the end of the month, 1,175 (57%) had a total length of stay of over 2 years.
- 980 (47%) inpatients are in a secure ward.
- There were more males (1,470) than females (595) in hospital (71% were male).
- The largest number of inpatients (600, 29%) were aged between 25-34, and the lowest number (40, 2%) were aged 65 and over.
- 100 were admitted to hospital. Of these 55 were first admissions in a year, 15 were readmissions within a year of the previous discharge, and 35 were transfers from other hospitals.
- 630 inpatients (30%) last had a review of care over 6 months ago.
- 880 inpatients (43%) have a date planned for them to leave hospital.
There were 2,075 learning disabilities and/or autism inpatients at the end of the month. Of these, 1,975 have been receiving care from the start of the month.
Of the NHS England commissioning regions, The Midlands accounts for the highest proportion of learning disabilities inpatients (21% of the total), whilst East Of England and South West have the lowest (both 9% of the total).
- Region is based on originating Clinical Commissioning Group.
- Percentage calculations exclude patients who could not be allocated to a region based on the information recorded.
Inpatient age and gender
10% (210) of inpatients are under 18 and 2% (40) are 65 and over. The largest number of inpatients are in the 25-34 group (29%, 600).
Overall there were more males (1,470) than females (595) in hospital (71% were male).
Total length of stay
An inpatient’s total length of stay is the time since the date of their first admission to any hospital as part of this continuous period of inpatient care.
Of those in hospital at the end of the month, 1,175 (57%) have had a total length of stay over 2 years. This includes 355 who have been in hospital for more than 10 years.
Ward security level
1,090 (53%) inpatients are in a non-secure ward, and 980 (47%) are in a secure ward. 60 (3%) inpatients were in a high secure ward setting.
Non-secure wards include inpatients in general wards and psychiatric intensive care units (PICU). Secure wards include patients with low, medium and high secure ward settings.
Time since most recent review of care plan
825 (40%) inpatients had a review of care within the last 12 weeks. 630 (30%) last had a review of care over 6 months (26 weeks) ago.
Counts of admissions include people who were admitted in the month and who were admitted and discharged in the month. For further details see the Glossary and Defintions in the AT Appendices.
Admissions by status on admission
100 were admitted to hospital during June 2021. Of these 55 were first admissions in a year, 15 were readmissions within a year of the previous discharge, and 35 were transfers from other hospitals.
- A readmission is where the inpatient's last date of discharge was within the last year. If the last date of discharge matches the current admission date the episode is classed as a transfer.
- Latest month figures tend to be lower as not all information has been recorded by the month end. Previous months have been retrospectively updated.
Source of admission
Patients were most commonly admitted from their usual place of residence (45%), followed by from acute hospital beds (35%).
- Postcode types Community, Residential care, Secure Forensic and Temporary place of residence are grouped under 'Other'.
Discharges / transfers
Counts of discharges include people who were discharged in the month and who were admitted and discharged in the month. Discharges includes where patients were transferred to other hospitals.
For further details see the Glossary and Definitions in the AT Appendices.
145 inpatients were discharged from a hospital during June 2021. Of these 95 (66%) were discharged back to the community. 35 (24%) were transferred to another hospital setting.
- The data is based on the planned discharge destination. NHS Digital asked commissioners to update this to the actual discharge destination upon discharge but this does not always take place.
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