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Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics - (Provisional Statistics AT: April 2018, Final Statistics MHSDS: February 2018)

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01 Sep 2014 to 30 Apr 2018


Latest Monthly statistics on Learning Disabilities and Autism (LDA) from the Assuring Transformation collection and MHSDS collection.

For the first time, this publication brings together the LDA data from the Assuring Transformation collection and the LDA service specific statistics from the Mental Health Statistics Data Set (MHSDS).

There are differences in the inpatient figures between the MHSDS and AT data sets and work is underway to better understand these. NHS Digital plans to publish additional monthly comparator data from this work in future publications. The MHSDS LDA data are currently labelled experimental as they are undergoing evaluation. Further information on the quality of these statistics is available in the Data Quality section of the main report. It is planned that the MHSDS will become the sole source of inpatient LDA data in the future, replacing Assuring Transformation.

There is a slight difference in scope between the two data collections. The MHSDS data is from providers based in England and includes care provided in England but may be commissioned outside England. Whereas the Assuring Transformation data are provided by English commissioners and healthcare will typically be provided in England but also includes data on care commissioned in England and provided elsewhere in the UK.

The release comprises:

Assuring Transformation Publication: This statistical release published by NHS Digital makes available the most recent data relating to patients with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorder receiving inpatient care commissioned by the NHS in England

MHSDS LDA Publication: This publication provides statistics relating to NHS funded secondary mental health, learning disabilities and autism services in England. These statistics are derived from submissions made using version 2.0 of the Mental Health Services Dataset (MHSDS). Prior to May 2018 the LDA service specific statistics were included in the main MHSDS publication.

Each publication consists of the following documents:

•A report which presents England level analysis of key measures.

•A monthly CSV file which presents key measures at England level.

•A metadata file to accompany the CSV file, which provides contextual information for each measure.

•An excel reference data tables showing data as reported and total patient counts. For AT these are retrospectively updated from March 2015 onwards.

•Assuring Transformation also has an easy read version of the main report highlighting key findings in an easy-to-understand way.

We hope this information is helpful and would be grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes to complete a short customer satisfaction survey. Please use the link to the form at the bottom of this page to provide us with any feedback or suggestions for improving the report.

**Please note the MHSDS Main Report, Metadata and Comparators files with February 2018 data have been revised and replaced as of 14th June 2018. This was mainly due to a calculation error within the ‘provider comparison’ tab in the Comparator file. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and processes have now been implemented to prevent this from occurring again in the future**

Key Facts


Data collected for LDA inpatients at the end of April 2018 show that:

· 2,370 patients were in hospital at the end of the reporting period.

· There were 130 discharges/transfers from hospital. The majority of these were discharges back to the community (64 per cent).

· 1,420 had a total length of stay of over 2 years.

· 1,165 were in a general security ward


Data collected for LDA inpatients at the end of February 2018 show that:

· 3,535 patients were in hospital at the end of the reporting period.

· There were 1,235 discharges/transfers from hospital and 1,200 who were admitted to hospital.

· 1,220 had been in hospital for over 2 years.

· 1,655 were in a secure setting.

· There was a difference of 1,110 LDA inpatients recorded for February 2018 between the AT and MHSDS data sets.


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Last edited: 14 June 2018 7:32 am