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  


  • At least 2,185 people with a learning disability / autism continue to be locked away in inpatient units, including 230 children
  • Little change in the number of admissions - with 95 admissions in December
  • Discharge delays continue
  • Restrictive interventions were used over 3,000 times in one month, - 910 were against children.
  • High levels of missing data - figures available for 3 out of 18 private/independent providers and less than half of the 56 NHS providers.

According to data released today from NHS Digital, 2,185 people with a learning disability and/or autism remain locked away in inpatient units, a reduction of just five in December. 230 children continue to be locked away.


A high number of people with a learning disability and/or autism are being admitted to hospitals - 95 people were admitted in December alone. 135 people remained in hospital when they are ready for discharge, mainly because of lack of social care and housing provision in the community.  


There were a high number of reported uses of restrictive inventions (3,245 in one month), of which 910 were against children. This is likely to be just the “tip of the iceberg” as there are high levels of missing data, with data only from 3 out of 18 private/independent providers and 23 out of 56 NHS providers.


The average total length of stay in in-patient units remains at 5.4 years.


To see the December infographic please see here




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:





August 2019







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