Statistics on care of people with learning disabilities

NHS Digital | June 2018 | Statistics on care of people with learning disabilities

As this week (18-24 June 2018) is Learning Disability Week, NHS Digital have released some key statistics associated with the health and care of people with learning disabilities.

  • 49.7% of patients with a learning disability registered at a GP practice received an annual learning disabilities health check in 2016-17, an increase from 43.2% in 2014-15.
  • 41.9% of patients with a learning disability registered at a GP practice received a seasonal influenza immunisation in 2016-17, an increase from 40.8% in 2014-15.
  • 79.5% of eligible patients with a learning disability registered at a GP practice aged 60-69 received screening for colorectal cancer, less than the 86.0% of those eligible patients without a learning disability.
  • On average, females with learning disabilities had around an 18-year shorter life expectancy than the general population, and males had around a 14-year shorter life expectancy than the general population.

(Source: NHS Digital)

The figures have been compiled into an easy to read format available here 


NHS staff numbers from 1949

NHS Digital | May 2018 | Historical workforce statistics in lead-up to NHS70

NHS Digital has published figures which show how the NHS workforce has grown and evolved over the past seven decades:


  • In 1949, there were 11,735 full time equivalent hospital doctors in England and Wales, including 3,488 consultants.
  • By 2018 there were 109,509 full time equivalent medical and dental staff, including 46,297 consultants, in England.
  • In 1949, there were 68,013 registered nurses in hospitals in England and Wales.
    In 2018, that number stood at 320,422 (headcount).
  • There were 5,637 midwifery staff in 1949. By 2018 there were 26,519 (headcount).
  • In 1963 there were 22,159 GPs in England and Wales, 19,951 of whom were male and 2,208 of whom were female.
  • In 2018 there were 41,693 GPs, 17,366 male and 21,736 female (headcount).

Source: NHS Digital 


22,000 children severely obese when they leave primary school

Local Government Association| May 2018 | 22,000 children severely obese when they leave primary school

Children in their final year of primary school are nearly twice as likely to be obese as those in Reception, analysis by Local Government Association shows. Their analysis, the first of its kind for 2016/17 obtained by the LGA and supplied by the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), of data shows more than 22,000 children aged 10 and 11 in Year 6 are classed as severely obese (LGA).


The analysis shows:

  • A total of 22,646 out of 556,452 (4.1 per cent) of 10 and 11 year-old children in Year 6 are classed as severely obese;
  • This is nearly twice that of the 14,787 out of 629,359 children (2.35 per cent) of four and five year-old children in Reception classed as severely obese, showing children are gaining weight at a drastic rate as they go through schools.

Mental health statistics for England: prevalence, services and funding

House of Commons | April 2018 | Mental health statistics for England: prevalence, services and funding

The House of Commons Library have issued a research briefing on Mental health statistics for England: prevalence, services and funding.  The most recent survey into adult mental health in England was conducted in 2014, which highlighted the prevalence of common mental disorders (CMDs), such as generalised anxiety disorder, depression or obsessive compulsive disoder, which have increased since 1993.  Figures suggest as many as 1 in 6 over 16s will experience a CMD every week.

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The briefing paper Mental health statistics for England: prevalence, services and funding can be accessed from the House of Commons Library 

UK Drug Situation: Focal Point annual report

Public Health England, Home Office, Welsh Government, The Scottish Government, Public Health Wales & Department of Health (Northern Ireland)| April 2018 | United Kingdom drug situation: Focal Point annual report 2017

Research and analysis into the drug situation in the UK reveals that prevalence in the general population is lower than a decade ago. Cannabis continues to be the most widely used, followed by powder cocaine and ecstasy/ MDMA. Data from the surveys in England and Scotland shows that prevalence in schoolchildren in has increased, which is in contrast to a previously reported steady decline among this age range.

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    There were almost 120,000 (119,973) treatment presentations in the UK in 2016. In England and Wales, 244,971 individuals were recorded as being in drug treatment during 2016. Of those in treatment in England and Wales, 138,422 were receiving prescribing treatment for opioid use.

  • In the UK, two-fifths (42%) of treatment presentations in the UK were for primary heroin use, with  a quarter (25%) of all service users presenting for treatment of cannabis use. Among those who had never previously been in treatment, 45% of clients presented for primary cannabis use, whereas 16% presented for primary heroin use, representing a five per cent decrease in the proportion of first-time primary heroin clients from 2015. (Executive Summary)

The full analysis is available here

Obesity figures released by NHS Digital

NHS Digital  | April 2018  | Hospital admissions where obesity is a factor increased by 18 per cent

New figures unveiled by NHS Digital show that obesity in England has doubled in the last four years. In 2016/17 the number of hospital admissions due to obesity have risen by almost a fifth (18 %).  While 525,000 were reported in 2015/16 , this rose to 617,000 admissions to NHS hospitals one year later, where obesity was recorded as either a primary or secondary diagnosis. Of these 10,705 admissions had obesity recorded as the main case, an increase on 9,929 admissions in 2015/16.   analytics-1919925_1280
The full statistical release is available from NHS Digital 

The full report Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet; England, 2018 can be read here

In the media:

The Guardian Obesity putting strain on NHS as weight-related admissions rise

A&E Attendances and Emergency Admissions

NHS England has released the latest A & E figures. The Weekly and Monthly A&E Attendances and Emergency Admissions collection collects the total number of attendances in the specified period for all A&E types, including Minor Injury Units and Walk-in Centres, and of these, the number discharged, admitted or transferred within four hours of arrival.


Also included are the number of Emergency Admissions, and any waits of over four hours for admission following decision to admit.

The total number of attendances in January 2018 was 2,000,000, an increase of 5.5% on the same month last year. Of these, attendances at type 1 A&E departments were 1.6% higher. Attendances over the latest twelve months are 1.1 % higher than levels in the preceding twelve month period.
NHS England |A&E Attendances and Emergency Admissions |January 2018Monthly figures  data set from NHS England A statistical commentary is available  from NHS England

Related content:

The Guardian NHS hospitals in England record worst ever A&E performance

The Independent NHS A&E waiting times hit worst levels on record, show latest figures