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Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics, AT: May 2022, MHSDS: March 2022 Final

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Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics, AT: May 2022, MHSDS: March 2022 Final


Latest monthly statistics on Learning Disabilities and Autism (LDA) patients from the Assuring Transformation (AT) collection and Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS).

Data on inpatients with learning disabilities and/or autism are being collected both within the AT collection and MHSDS. There are differences in the inpatient figures between the AT and MHSDS data sets and work has been ongoing to better understand these. LDA data from MHSDS are experimental statistics.

From May 2022 AT data (June publication), the following changes have been made to the tables:

• Table 2.2 – new information on whether a patient was on the dynamic risk register prior to admission.

• Table 2.2 – inclusion of ‘Not known’ as a breakdown within ‘Additional diagnosis since admission’.

• Table 2.3 – new information on whether the patient has an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan if they are a young person.

• Table 3.1 – new information on commissioner oversight visits and whether a patient is on extended leave from hospital under section 17 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

From October 2021, LD MHSDS data has been collected under MHSDS version 5.

A number of comparators are published each month to assess the differences in reporting between the collections. These can be found in the MHSDS datasets section.

Disruption relating to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) would seem to be affecting the quality and coverage of some of our statistics, such as an increase in non-submissions for some datasets. We have also seen some different patterns in the submitted data. For example, fewer patients are being admitted to and discharged from hospital. Therefore, data should be interpreted with care over the COVID-19 period.

Key Facts

There were 2,010 learning disabilities and/or autism inpatients at the end of the month

1,130 (56%) of these have had a total length of stay* over 2 years.

*Total length of stay is the time since the date of first admission to any hospital as part of this continuous period of inpatient care.

100 were admitted to hospital

55 were first admissions in a year, 25 were readmissions within a year of the previous discharge, and 20 were transfers from other hospitals.

(Source: AT dataset)

135 were discharged from hospital

100 (75%) of these were discharged back into the community.

(Source: AT dataset)

There were 3,575 people with learning disabilities and/ or autistic spectrum disorders (LDA) in hospital at the end of the month.

(Source: MHSDS)

1,090 were admitted to hospital

(Source: MHSDS)

1,275 were discharged from hospital

(Source: MHSDS)

Last edited: 16 June 2022 12:15 pm