To accompany #7daysofaction (see this superb post from @KaraChrome that pulls together the strands of the 7 stories shared during the week https://theatuscandal.wordpress.com/2016/04/25/just-want-to-go-home/ ), this week I’ve been writing a series of short blogposts looking at some of the statistics we have about inpatient services for people with learning disabilities in England. This is the last post in this series. It has a few more graphs than usual, to try and build a picture from national statistics of a few aspects of what happens to people once they are in an inpatient service. National statistics are the last place to really understand what people experience (the stories in #7daysofaction do that), but there are a few indicators of ‘adverse experiences’ and more recently medication prescription in the Learning Disability Census and, before that, the Count Me In Census (see here http://www.hscic.gov.uk/searchcatalogue?productid=19718&q=learning+disability+census+2013&sort=Most+recent&size=100&page=1#top , here http://www.hscic.gov.uk/searchcatalogue?productid=20487&q=learning+disability+census+2013&sort=Most+recent&size=100&page=1#tophttps://www.improvinghealthandlives.org.uk/publications/1161/A&T_and_other_specialist_inpatient_care_for_people_with_LD_in_the_Count-Me-In_census
The final graph I want to share today is about another form of service ‘response’, medication. From 2013, the Learning Disability Census has been collecting information on how many people got antipsychotic medication in the 28 days leading up to the census. And from 2014, the Census has been collecting information on people getting rapid tranquilisation over the same time period.
As shown on the cover of the Mansell report (almost ten years ago now, and an official Department of Health document) inpatient services for people with learning disabilities are themselves a symptom, a symptom of a failure to develop local services that really support people and families to live fulfilling lives where they want, and with whom they want. While tackling the symptom, let's also address the cause.