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Latest data from NHSE on people in inpatient units.

According to data released today from NHS Digital, 2270 people with a learning disability and/or autism remain locked away in in patient units. This is the second month-on-month increase since the Government’s Transforming Care programme missed its targets in March 2019.  See press relealse and Transforming Care infographic

 

ANOTHER INCREASE IN NUMBER OF VULNERABLE PEOPLE LOCKED AWAY IN INPATIENTS UNITS FOLLOWING MISSED TRANSFORMING CARE TARGETS


Government must invest in community-based care packages to get children, young people and adults with a learning disability / autism out of inpatient units


• Increasing number of people with a learning disability and/or autism locked away in inpatient units – 2,270 people, the second monthly increase since Transforming Care targets missed
• Increasing number of children locked away – 245 - more than double the number when programme began
• Last month NHS Digital published the highest ever number of reported uses of restrictive interventions – over 3,000 in one month, 770 of which were against children. No figures have been published this month.


According to data released today from NHS Digital, 2270 people with a learning disability and/or autism remain locked away in in patient units. This is the second month-on-month increase since the Government’s Transforming Care programme missed its targets in March 2019.


There was an increase in the number of children locked away – 245 - more than double the number when programme began.


NHS Digital has delayed the publication of the data on restrictive practices in inpatient units. Last month there was the highest ever number of reported uses of restrictive interventions e.g. physical and chemical restraint - over 3,000 in one month, 770 of which were against children.

 

Dan Scorer, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the learning disability charity Mencap, said: “The government and NHS England have repeatedly claimed we would see the biggest numbers of people moving into the community now, as more support is put in place. But this hasn’t happened, and numbers are going up when 3 years into the programme we should be seeing numbers of people in units falling month-on-month. Now we’re seeing the second monthly increase in both the number of children and the number of adults with a learning disability and/or autism being locked away in inpatient units since the government missed its own deadline to close 35-50% of in-patient beds by March 2019. This can only be solved by sustained investment in good quality social care and a robust cross-government plan to ensure children and adults with a learning disability get the support they need, when they need it. We need leadership from the top across social care, health, education and housing. We need action, not just warm words, if we are to get people with a learning disability and/or autism out of these institutions and back in their community – hospitals are not homes.”


Vivien Cooper OBE, CEO of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation said: “We know that children, young people and adults in these inpatient units, are at increased risk of neglect and abuse, and are being subjected to inappropriate physical restraint, overmedication and being kept in isolation. This is a domestic human rights scandal. Last month saw the the highest ever number of reported uses of restrictive interventions in inpatient units – 3,075 restrictive interventions, 770 of which were against children. This month NHS Digital has failed to publish this data when we need transparency about what is happening in these institutions. The average length of stay in inpatient units remains over 5 years. There is still no clear plan of action from government about how they will address a system that is clearly broken and causing people harm. The lack of urgency to take action from both the government and NHS England is totally unacceptable.”

 

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