Mental Health Services: Acute Beds:Written question - 162042

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Asked on: 09 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Mental Health Services: Acute Beds
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many acute mental health beds there were in the NHS in England in each year since 2009.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 12 July 2018

There is no data available for the total number of acute mental health beds in the National Health Service in England. The NHS England collection KH03 collects the number of available and occupied beds open overnight that are under the care of consultants. Since 2013/14 we are aware that many trusts have started classifying an increasing number of mental illness beds as non-consultant-led. This is because some mental health services are now run by multi-disciplinary teams rather than consultants.

The number of acute consultant-led mental health beds in the NHS in England since 2009 is shown in the following table. The table may not include all of the following types of bed - adult secure mental illness; adult secure learning disability and autism; adult eating disorder; child and mental health service Tier 4, including eating disorder; perinatal and neuropsychiatry.

Period

Number of available consultant-led mental illness beds

2008-09

26,448

2009-10

25,503

Q1 2010/11

23,515

Q2 2010/11

22,929

Q3 2010/11

23,740

Q4 2010/11

23,607

Q1 2011/12

23,253

Q2 2011/12

23,208

Q3 2011/12

23,016

Q4 2011/12

23,121

Q1 2012/13

22,550

Q2 2012/13

22,269

Q3 2012/13

22,496

Q4 2012/13

22,268

Q1 2013/14

22,109

Q2 2013/14

22,025

Q3 2013/14

21,931

Q4 2013/14

21,731

Q1 2014/15

21,750

Q2 2014/15

21,618

Q3 2014/15

21,446

Q4 2014/15

21,374

Q1 2015/16

18,569

Q2 2015/16

19,249

Q3 2015/16

19,273

Q4 2015/16

19,086

Q1 2016/17

18,928

Q2 2016/17

18,821

Q3 2016/17

18,750

Q4 2016/17

18,422

Q1 2017/18

18,460

Q2 2017/18

18,353

Q3 2017/18

18,282

Q4 2017/18

18,082

Source: NHS England: Unify2 data collection- KH03

Notes:

Prior to 2010, the KH03 return was collected annually. As of Q1 2010/11 the data was collected on a quarterly basis. This difference is represented by the line separation above. Both methods collect the daily average number of available beds.

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