Learning Disability: Care Homes

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of people with learning disabilities whose care is paid for by the NHS are being cared for in facilities owned by private companies.

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

The Assuring Transformation (AT) dataset provides data on the numbers of people with learning disability and/or autism admitted and discharged from mental health hospitals each month. The following table shows patient numbers by provider type, with data taken from the most recent AT publication which uses December 2018 data.

Patients by provider type as of December 2018

Number of patients

% of patients

NHS Providers



Independent Providers



Source: Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics - Data from the Assuring Transformation Collection, December 2018 (NHS Digital)

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