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Psychiatric Units

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places are available in medium secure psychiatric units in each county of England and Wales; and what each figure represents per 100,000 population. (93959)

I have been asked to reply.

The information available centrally does not identify medium secure psychiatric unit places separately, but the following table gives the average daily number of available beds for adults, excluding the elderly, in all secure mental illness and secure learning disability wards for 2005-06. The figures are broken down by strategic health authority (SHA) rather than by county.

SHA

Mental illness: other ages: secure unit

Learning disabilities: other ages: secure unit

Population

Secure unit beds per 100,000 population (mental health and learning disability)

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

84

32

2,264,913

5.11

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

37

36

1,630,799

4.48

Essex

82

8

1,645,924

5.50

North West London

250

0

1,871,187

13.38

North Central London

208

0

1,243,437

16.73

North East London

138

0

1,542,634

8.95

South East London

130

16

1,524,646

9.58

South West London

97

0

1,335,822

7.26

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

59

31

1,406,509

6.38

County Durham and Tees Valley

75

44

1,151,799

10.33

North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire

71

10

1,659,750

4.88

West Yorkshire

174

9

2,118,579

8.63

Cumbria and Lancashire

124

205

1,938,136

16.99

Greater Manchester

66

0

2,547,647

2.58

Cheshire and Merseyside

85

15

2,360,466

4.23

Thames Valley

105

10

2,139,263

5.38

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

106

0

1,811,057

5.84

Kent and Medway

51

0

1,621,011

3.16

Surrey and Sussex

46

0

2,592,893

1.77

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

60

0

2,221,019

2.70

South West Peninsula

30

0

1,629,358

1.84

Dorset and Somerset

12

0

1,217,417

0.99

South Yorkshire

19

0

1,285,615

1.48

Trent

471

54

2,701,341

19.45

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland

20

0

1,604,994

1.25

Shropshire and Staffordshire

39

0

1,505,599

2.59

Birmingham and the Black Country

163

15

2,287,069

7.78

West Midlands South

4

42

1,572,770

2.92

The individual national health service trust information on which this table is based can be found on the Department’s website at: www.performance.doh.gov.uk/hospitalactivity/data_requests/beds_open_overnight.htm.

In compiling their returns, NHS trusts are expected to include high, medium and low secure bed number information.