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Statistics on children admitted to adult mental health wards released

March 11, 2014

Figures are released today on the number of under-18s recorded as being inpatients on adult mental health wards.

The information is published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) in a special feature accompanying the monthly Mental Health Minimum Data Set (MHMDS) report.

The report details the recorded number of under-18s who were inpatients on adult mental health wards in the year2, number of admissions during the year for people aged under 18 and the number of days spent by under-18s on such wards during the year. The report also compares the MHMDS statistics with the number of notifications made by hospitals to the Care Quality Commissions of instances where under-18s spend 48 hours or more on an adult mental health ward.

The report provides statistics covering 2008/9 to 2012/13 and provisional statistics for the first eight months of 2013/14. Readers should be aware that variations over time are likely to be largely attributable to adjustments in the way that mental health wards collect and return statistics. There was a significant change in the way data was reported and processed in 2011/12 which means that statistics from 2011/12, 2012/13 and provisional statistics for the first eight months of 2013/14 are not comparable with previous years3.

The full report is available here:


Notes to editors

1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 220 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.

2. The figures include people whose admission occurred prior to the reporting year and who were still in hospital at the start of the year, as well as people admitted during the reporting year.

3. Significant changes to local systems and the way MHMDS is processed between 2010/11 and 2011/12 mean that figures for these years are not comparable. The decrease in numbers between these two years is likely to be largely attributable to improving data quality.  In particular, organisations submitting data to MHMDS have confirmed that figures from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services may have been included in MHMDS submissions. However it is not possible to quantify the extent to which this may have affected accuracy prior to 2011/12.

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