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Mentally Ill: Nottinghamshire

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 7 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 in Nottinghamshire (a) in total and (b) in secure wards; and what the equivalent figures were in 2005. (325450)

Information on the number of people who spent time formally detained in a national health service hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 during the year has been set out in the following table. This includes people who were detained in hospital during the year but whose formal admission was in a previous year.

These figures are taken from Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust's mental health minimum dataset annual returns. They exclude patients detained only in high secure beds at Rampton hospital, or by the trust's child and adolescent mental health service. The figures cannot be broken down between secure and other wards, and equivalent information is not available for independent hospitals in Nottinghamshire.

Number of in-patients detained in hospital for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust 2005-06 and 2008-09

Number of people formally detained






1. Each person is counted only once. If a person was detained more than once in a year they are still counted once only.

2. "Formally detained" refers to people who spent at least one day formally retained in hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 (or previous related legislation).

3. Background information for the Mental Health Act 1983 can be found via the link for the Mental Health Act Code of Practice at:

4. The results shown in the answer are published and available online at:

5. The Mental Health Bulletin 2003-2009 Chapter 2 of the Mental Health Bulletin provides commentary on these statistics:


Mental Health Minimum Dataset annual returns