Health Services: Learning Disability

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) adults (b) children with learning disabilities or autism have been admitted to assessment and treatment units in each of the last five years.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The following table shows the breakdown of inpatients with learning disabilities and/ or autism admitted to acute admission beds within specialised learning disability units by year since 2015*.

Year

Learning disability

Autism

Learning disability and autism

Under 18

18 and over

Under 18

18 and over

Under 18

18 and over

2015

10

410

15

35

10

210

2016

15

350

30

45

5

195

2017

10

270

40

35

10

190

2018

10

145

20

10

5

115

Notes:

*NHS Digital does not hold any data prior to February 2015 for the Assuring Transformation dataset, therefore this data covers the period February 2015 to September 2018. The definition of 'acute admission beds within specialised learning disability units' provides a proxy for assessment and treatment units.

The number of data submitters varies month-on-month. If a provider regularly submits data and then doesn’t submit for a given month, this can have a significant impact on the figures. Therefore, caution should be taken when interpreting the data.

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