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Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics AT: July 2019 MHSDS: May 2019

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

PLEASE NOTE: This page has been updated on 19 September 2019 with the release of the MHSDS LD publication for May 2019 data. This had previously been delayed for operational reasons as a result of implementing a new data collection system.

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

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120 were admitted to hospital


175 were discharged from hospital


2,270 were in hospital at the end of the month


1,690 were admitted to hospital


1,685 were discharged from hospital


3,835 were in hospital at the end of the month


Assuring transformation

Data collected for LDA inpatients at the end of July 2019 show that:

  • 2,270 inpatients were in hospital at the end of the reporting period.
  • More inpatients were discharged (175) than admitted (120) to hospitals. Out of the 175 inpatients who were discharged/transferred from hospital in July 2019, 130 (74%) 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 2019, 1,295 (57%) had a total length of stay of over 2 years.
  • At the end of July 2019, around half of inpatients (1,205, 53%) were in a non-secure ward. There were 1,065 (47%) inpatients in a secure ward.     
  • The largest proportion of inpatients (29%) were aged between 25-34 (670) and the lowest proportion (2%) were aged 65 and over (35).
  • In line with previous months trends, there were more males (1,620) than females (645) in hospital this month (71% were male).
  • There were 120 admissions to hospital; of these 70 were first admissions, 25 were readmissions within a year of the previous discharge and 30 were transfers from other hospitals.
  • Under half of inpatients (37%) last had a review of their care over 6 months ago (845 people).
  • ​​​​Half of inpatients (50%) have a date planned for them to leave hospital (1,130).

Mental Health Services Dataset: Learning Disability and Autism Statistics

Summary of main findings as at the end May 2019

Findings based on hospital spells data:

  • There were 3,835 people with learning disabilities and/ or autistic spectrum disorders (LDA) in hospital. 
  • There were 1,690 admissions and 1,685 discharges. 90% of these were discharged back into the community.
  • There were 192,605 referrals for people with LDA.

Of these inpatients:

  • 1,340 (35%) had been in hospital for over 2 years.
  • There are 640 inpatients with a planned discharge date (17%).
  • 140 (4%) had a delayed discharge. 
  • The largest proportion (30%) were aged between 25-34 (1,135). 
  • The lowest proportion (6%) were aged 65 and over (225). 
  • 71% were male (2,735) and 28% were female (1,090). 

Findings based on ward stays data:

  • There were 3,740 ward stays reported for the end of the period.
  • The majority of inpatients were in a learning disabilities ward (1,645, 44%), followed by an adult mental health ward (1,450, 39%).
  • 2,150 (57%) were in a non-secure setting. 1,435 (38%) were in a secure setting.
  • 485 (13%) travelled over 50km from home to get to the hospital for care or treatment.
  • 330 patients were restrained at least once.

Last edited: 30 November 2021 3:19 pm