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 committed to a 35% reduction by March 2020 but this target was missed. We will continue to monitor the data, and track progress towards these targets.

Latest figures:

  • Transforming Care data infographic April 2021The total number of children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/ or autism in inpatient services at the end of March 2021 was 2,035, including 215 under 18s.
  • 85 had a delayed transfer of care, the key reasons identified were lack of social care and lack of suitable housing.
  • Average length of stay in inpatient services remains 5.6 years.
  • The total number of reported restrictive interventions in January 2021 was 3,970, including 920 on under 18s.

For further details please see the most recent NHS Digital data publications here

(Updated April 2021)


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Transforming Care - history and future

Transforming Care - history and future

This page askes the question 'What is Transforming Care?' It includes a summary of the history of Transforming Care, and details of how the CBF has been involved.



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