Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th July 2019.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many consultant-led acute mental-health beds there have been in the NHS in England in each year since 2009.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The NHS England collection KH03 collects the number of available and occupied beds open overnight that are under the care of consultants. The data in the table should be viewed in the context that since 2013/14, many trusts have started classifying an increasing number of mental illness beds as non-consultant-led. This is because some mental health services are now run by multi-disciplinary teams rather than consultants.

The number of acute consultant-led mental health beds in the National Health Service in England is shown in the following table. The table may not include all of the following types of bed - adult secure mental illness; adult secure learning disability and autism; adult eating disorder; child and mental health service Tier 4, including eating disorder; perinatal and neuropsychiatry.

Prior to 2010-11 the KH03 was an annual return collecting beds by ward classification. Data for 2008-10 is shown above the line in the following table.

Period

Number of available consultant-led mental illness beds

2008-09

26,448

2009-10

25,503

Q1 2010/11

23,515

Q2 2010/11

22,929

Q3 2010/11

23,740

Q4 2010/11

23,607

Q1 2011/12

23,253

Q2 2011/12

23,208

Q3 2011/12

23,016

Q4 2011/12

23,121

Q1 2012/13

22,550

Q2 2012/13

22,269

Q3 2012/13

22,496

Q4 2012/13

22,268

Q1 2013/14

22,109

Q2 2013/14

22,025

Q3 2013/14

21,931

Q4 2013/14

21,731

Q1 2014/15

21,750

Q2 2014/15

21,618

Q3 2014/15

21,446

Q4 2014/15

21,374

Q1 2015/16

18,569

Q2 2015/16

19,249

Q3 2015/16

19,273

Q4 2015/16

19,086

Q1 2016/17

18,928

Q2 2016/17

18,821

Q3 2016/17

18,750

Q4 2016/17

18,422

Q1 2017/18

18,460

Q2 2017/18

18,353

Q3 2017/18

18,282

Q4 2017/18

18,082

Q1 2018/19

18,395

Q2 2018/19

18,311

Q3 2018/19

18,389

Q4 2018/19

18,369

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