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Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics - Provisional Statistics (AT: July 2018, MHSDS: May 2018 Final)

Official statistics, Experimental statistics
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Geographical Granularity:
Regions, Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Trusts
Date Range:
01 Sep 2014 to 31 Jul 2018


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

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 3.0 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.

An easy read version of both main reports highlighting key findings in an easy-to-understand way.

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A correction has been made to this publication on 24 August 2018. This amendment relates to statistics in “LDA Monthly Statistics from MHSDS – May 2018: CSV File ”; this file contained duplicate TCPs which has now been corrected. NHS Digital apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Key Facts


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

· 2,380 inpatients were in hospital at the end of the reporting period.

· More inpatients were discharged (175) than admitted (115) to hospitals. Out of the 175 inpatients were discharged/transferred³ from hospital in July 2018, 125 (72 per cent) were discharged back into the community.

· Many inpatients have been in hospital for a long time. Of those in hospital at the end of July 2018, 1,390 (58 per cent) had a total length of stay of over 2 years.

· At the end of July 2018 just under half of the inpatients 1,170 (49 per cent) were in a general security ward.

· The largest proportion of inpatients were aged between 18-34 (49 per cent) and the lowest proportion were aged 65 and over (1 per cent).

· There were more males than females in hospital this month (74 per cent were male).

· There were 115 admissions to hospital; of these 70 were first admissions, 20 were readmissions and 30 were transfers from other hospitals within a year of the previous discharge.

· Under half of the inpatients last had a review of their care over 6 months ago (1,010 people).

· Just over half of the inpatients have a date planned for them to leave hospital (1,450).


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

· There were 3,625 people with learning disabilities and/ or autistic spectrum disorders in hospital.

· There were 167,280 referrals for people with learning disabilities and autism (LDA) during May 2018.

Of these inpatients:

· 1,285 (35 per cent) had been in hospital for over 2 years.

· 155 (4 per cent) had a delayed discharge.

Findings based on ward stays data:

· The largest proportion were aged between 18-34 (45 per cent).

· The lowest proportion were aged under 18 (5 per cent)

· 72 per cent were male and 28 per cent were female.

· The majority were in a learning disabilities ward (45 per cent), followed by an adult mental health ward (37 per cent).

· 1,645 (46 per cent) were in a secure setting.

· 545 (15 per cent) travelled over 50km from home to get to the hospital for care or treatment.


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Last edited: 24 August 2018 10:14 am