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Mental Health & Learning Disability Inpatients (2021/22)

Northern Ireland Executive
02 Sep 2022, 21 GMT+10

The Department of Health today published statistics on inpatients and compulsory admissions in mental health and learning disability hospitals in Northern Ireland for the year ending 31 March 2022.

Key Points

Mental Health

Mental Illness and Learning Disability Census

  • On 17 February 2022, 623 patients were being treated as inpatients in mental health hospitals in Northern Ireland. Of these 623 patients, three quarters (75.6%, 471) had been resident in hospital for six months or less, whilst 5 (0.8%) had been resident for more than 10 years (Table 1.2).
  • Between 2018 and 2022, the number of patients being treated as inpatients in mental health hospitals decreased by 7 (1.1%), from 630 to 623 (Table 1.1).
  • Three fifths (57.0%, 355) of the 623 occupied beds in mental health hospitals on 17 February 2022 were acute beds (Table 1.3).

Compulsory Admissions

  • Over the last five years, the number of compulsory admissions to mental health hospitals under the Mental Health (NI) Order 1986 increased by 48 (4.8%), from 1,010 in 2017/18 to 1,058 in 2021/22  (Table 1.4)
  • During 2021/22, the highest number of compulsory admissions was recorded in the 18 to 44 years age group (510, 48.2%) (Table 1.5)

Learning Disability

Mental Illness and Learning Disability Census

  • Between 2018 and 2022, the number of patients being treated as inpatients in learning disability hospitals decreased by 47 (41.6%), from 113 to 66 (Table 2.1).
  • On 17 February 2022, 66 patients were being treated as inpatients in learning disability hospitals in Northern Ireland. Of these 66 patients, almost one in five (18.2%, 12) had been resident in hospital for six months or less, whilst 16 (24.2%) had been resident for more than 10 years (Table 2.2).
  • Almost half (45.5%, 30) of the 66 occupied beds in learning disability hospitals were assessment and treatment beds at 17 February 2022 (Table 2.3).

Compulsory Admissions

  • Between 2017/18 and 2021/22, the number of compulsory admissions to learning disability hospitals under the Mental Health (NI) Order 1986 decreased by 52 (80.0%), from 65 to 13 (Table 2.4).
  • Over half of compulsory admissions to learning disability hospitals in 2021/22 involved patients under eighteen years old (53.8%, 7) (Table 2.5).

The information release is published on the Department website

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