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Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics, AT: September 2023, MHSDS: July 2023 Final

Official statistics, Experimental statistics

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Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics, AT: September 2023, MHSDS: July 2023 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, however, while impacts from the cyber incident are still present they will be considered to be management information.

From October 2021, LDA 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.

From 1 July 2022, Integrated Care Boards were established within Integrated Care Systems data and replaced Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). Clinical Commissioning Groups have been replaced by sub-Integrated Care Boards. Data for the AT collection is now submitted by sub-Integrated Care Boards. This has resulted in some renaming within tables and the inclusion of a new Table 5.1b with a patient breakdown by submitting organisation. Patients by originating organisation and commissioning type are still available in Table 5.1a. Data in the tables are now presented by the current organisational structures. Old organisational structures have been mapped to new structures in any time series.

Methodological Change

From the July 2022 publication onwards, the methodology used within the restrictive interventions measures will include the changes described in the Restrictive Intervention Statistics Methodological change paper.

Key Facts

There were 2,045 learning disabilities and/or autism inpatients at the end of September 2023.

1,115 (55%) 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.

110 were admitted to hospital

65 were first admissions in a year, 35 were readmissions within a year of the previous discharge, and 15 were transfers from other hospitals.

(Source: AT dataset)

140 were discharged from hospital

105 (76%) of these were discharged back into the community

(Source: AT dataset)

There were 3,255 people with learning disabilities and/ or autistic spectrum disorders (LDA) in hospital at the end of July 2023.

(Source: MHSDS)

1,160 were admitted to hospital.

(Source: MHSDS)

1,285 were discharged from hospital.

(Source: MHSDS)

Last edited: 19 October 2023 9:44 am