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Hospital or home? Report sheds light on number of people with learning disabilities[1] receiving inpatient care

2 June 2016: A report published today provides an overview of the number of people with learning disabilities and/or autism receiving inpatient care in hospital.

The Learning Disabilities Statistics Annual Overview is the first annual report of its kind from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). It brings together various sources of statistics to produce robust data on the number of people with learning disabilities or autistic spectrum disorder. Analysis focuses on the Assuring Transformation collection and provides counts of inpatients who are:

  •  Admitted or transferred to hospital
  •  Discharged or transferred from hospital
  •  Receiving inpatient care
  •  Receiving long-term inpatient care (over 5 years)

The report also includes information about the number of inpatients aged under 18 years old with learning disabilities or autism admitted to hospital, including length of stay and age at admission.

Data is collected from the Assuring Transformation Learning Disability Census2; Hospital Episode Statistics; the Quality Outcomes Framework; the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Data Set and the Mental Health Services Data Set, all published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

The full report can be viewed at


Notes to editors

1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on 1 April 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 260 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. For media enquiries or interview requests please contact or telephone 0300 30 33 888.

1. This includes individuals who have learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorder

2. For more information on the Learning Disability Census, including a full list of the details of the questions asked of providers, see here:

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