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Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics - Provisional Statistics (AT: November 2018, MHSDS: September 2018 Final)

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

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Key facts


Data collected at the end of November 2018 show that:

· 2,325 inpatients were in hospital at the end of the reporting period. · More inpatients were discharged (170) than admitted (110) to hospitals. Out of the 170 inpatients who were discharged/transferred from hospital in November 2018, 120 (70 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 November 2018, 1,345 (58 per cent) had a total length of stay of over 2 years. · At the end of November 2018 around half of the inpatients 1,205 (52 per cent) were in a non-secure ward. There were 1,125 (48 per cent) inpatients in a secure ward. · The largest proportion of inpatients (28 per cent) were aged between 25-34 (660) and the lowest proportion (2 per cent) were aged 65 and over (35). · In line with previous months trends, there were more males (1,710) than females (610) in hospital this month (73 per cent were male). · There were 110 admissions to hospital; of these 70 were first admissions, 15 were readmissions within a year of the previous discharge and 30 were transfers from other hospitals. · Under half of the inpatients (39 per cent) last had a review of their care over 6 months ago (905 people). · Over half of the inpatients (61 per cent) have a date planned for them to leave hospital (1,415). · 16 per cent of inpatients (375) in hospital travelled less than 10km for care or treatment, whilst 40 per cent of inpatients (935) in hospital travelled over 50km for care or treatment.


At the end of September 2018 (based on hospital spells data):

· There were 3,700 people with learning disabilities and/ or autistic spectrum disorders in hospital.

· There were 1,260 admissions and 1,325 discharges, 86 per cent of these were discharged back into the community.

· There were 175,350 referrals for people with learning disabilities and autism (LDA).

Of these inpatients:

· 1,380 (37 per cent) had been in hospital for over 2 years.

· 140 (4 per cent) had a delayed discharge.

· The largest proportion (28 per cent) were aged between 25-34 (1,050).

· The lowest proportion (4 per cent) were aged under 18 (165).

· 72 per cent were male (2,655) and 28 per cent were female (1,040).

· There are 490 inpatients with a planned discharge date.

Findings based on ward stays data:

· There were 3,700 ward stays reported for the end of the period.

· The majority of inpatients were in a Learning disabilities ward (1,755, 47 per cent), followed by an Adult mental health ward (1,390, 38 per cent).

· 1,970 (53 per cent) were in a non-secure setting. 1,605 (43 per cent) were in a secure setting.

· 415 (11 per cent) travelled over 50km from home to get to the hospital for care or treatment.


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