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Report provides new regional information about experiences of inpatients with learning disabilities

30 April 2015: A report published today gives a snapshot of the experiences of people with learning disabilities who are inpatients in either NHS or independent services, and provides a new insight into regional variations of care.

*Regional information is available

The Learning Disability Census: Further Analysis Report, is published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre and provides regional breakdowns of national information that was published as part of the 2014 Learning Disability Census in January 20152. The census considers inpatients with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and/or behaviour that challenges, giving information about their characteristics and their experiences of care in NHS and independent facilities in England3 on September 30 2014.

The publication includes information about the use of antipsychotic medication, and the frequency of experiences of self-harm; accidents; physical assault; restraint and seclusion. It also reports on the length of stay and distance from home; the number of patients with an agreed care plan; the reason for the patient being in inpatient care; and how many patients have been receiving continuous inpatient care since the Census in 2013. This information was published at a national level in January 2015, but is today broken to down to NHS Area Team level for the first time.

The full report can be viewed at


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 initial findings of the Learning Disability Census as at 30 September 2014 can be viewed at:

3. May 2011 BBC Panorama programme broadcast footage of apparent abuse of inpatients, many of whom had learning disabilities, by staff at Winterbourne View Hospital. The census was initiated in order to deliver one of the actions in Transforming Care: A national response to Winterbourne View Hospital. It provides definitive and comprehensive information about the population size, characteristics, and experience of care, of people whose treatment, care and support needs may be similar to those treated in Winterbourne View. For more information on the Learning Disability Census, including a full list of the details of the questions asked of providers, see here:

4. For media enquires or interview requests please contact or telephone 0300 30 33 888. Please note the change to our media line number.

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