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Transforming Care Data

 

Each month data is published on children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism in inpatient units on the NHS Digital website. This data is published as part of the Mental Health Services Data Set and the Assuring Transformation data set.

 

The NHS Long Term plan has extended the Transforming Care target of 35%- 50% reduction in inpatients with learning disabilities and/ or autism to 2023/24. The NHS Long Term plan commits to a 35% reduction by March 2020.  We will continue to monitor the data, and track progress towards these targets.

 

Latest figures

Published July 2019

• 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 from NHS Digital, 2,270 people with a learning disability and/or autism remain locked away in inpatient 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.   

 

 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.”

The CBF and Mencap published a joint press release in response to the publication of NHS Digital data on 18th July. You can access the press release here.

 

Infographic

The CBF and Mencap have been producing an infographic summarising the key figures from data released each month since March 2019. The latest infographic is available below:

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