In this publication a data file has been produced to present information for people identified as having learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorder (LDA) characteristics within their submitted data for the reporting period³. LDA measures are presented for referrals and inpatient activity, as reference data tables and a CSV file. Further measures and breakdowns of existing measures will be introduced in future publications.
These measures show the volumes of patients accessing services throughout the month. This is summarised into five types of measurements:
- Open referrals/inpatients accessing services at the start of the reporting period
- New referrals/ admissions during the month
- Referrals closing/ discharges during the month
- Referrals opening and closing/ inpatients admitted and discharged within the month
- Open referrals/ inpatients accessing services at the end of the reporting period
The inpatient data has been created to replicate the measures currently available in the Assuring Transformation publication. It includes LDA patients with ‘a bed’ normally designated for the treatment or care of people with a learning disability or those with ‘a bed’ designated for mental illness treatment or care who have been diagnosed or are understood to have a learning disability and/or autistic spectrum disorder.
We would welcome feedback on both the methodology we have used to identify the cohort of patients and the measures that have been introduced. Please send any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘MHSDS LDA feedback’ in the subject.
From May 2018, these LDA specific reports and data files will no longer be included as part of the main MHSDS publication and will be reported separately here. The MHSDS LDA series is now published alongside the LDA information from the Assuring Transformation series so that all LDA data is presented in one place, making the comparisons between the two datasets easier.
High level statistics on mental health, learning disabilities and autism services will continue to be published in the main publication series for users requiring statistics for this group of services as a whole.
³ Full details of the method used to identify people with learning disabilities and/or autism are provided in the metadata file.