Mental Health Services: Autism and Learning Disability

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th December 2021.

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Photo of Barbara Keeley Barbara Keeley Labour, Worsley and Eccles South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2021 to Question 53847 on Mental Health Services: Autism and Learning Disability, what assessment he has made of the success of the Building the Right Support policy as of 7 December 2021.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

An objective of Building the Right Support is to achieve a 50% reduction in the number of people with a learning disability and autistic people in specialist inpatient settings by 2023/24 through the development of community alternatives. The latest Assuring Transformation data shows the number of people with a learning disability and autistic people in specialist inpatient settings at the end of October 2021 was 2,070 - a 28.5% net reduction since March 2015. The data shows variation across integrated care systems and transforming care partnerships, with some areas already having achieved inpatient rates at the 2023/24 target. An evaluation of Building the Right Support, commissioned by NHS England, was published on 22 November 2021.

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