Secure Psychiatric Units: Autism and Learning Disability

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady SNP Chief Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people with (a) autism and (b) learning disabilities are being held in secure hospital units in England.

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 receiving inpatient care commissioned by the National Health Service in England.

The following table shows patient numbers in secure units by diagnosis, with data taken from the most recent AT publication which uses December 2018 data.

Patients by diagnosis as of December 2018

Number of patients

Learning disability only


Autism only


Learning disability and autism


None of the above




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

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