Mental Health Inpatient Census

Annual publication of data collected in the Inpatient Census: covering patients in mental health, addiction and learning disability beds who are funded by NHS Scotland at a point in time, together with patients receiving Hospital Based Complex Clinical Care (HBCCC).


The 2022 Mental Health Inpatient Census was carried out as at 23:59 on the 11 April 2022 by NHS Boards across Scotland. The census has three parts:

  • part 1: Mental Health and Learning Disability Inpatient Bed Census
  • part 2: Out of NHS Scotland Placements
  • part 3: Hospital Based Complex Clinical Care and Long Stay

Parts 1 and 2 were carried out for the first time in October 2014, and repeated again each March from 2016 to present. In March 2016, the census was expanded to include a section on patients receiving Hospital Based Complex Clinical Care (HBCCC) and Long Stay patients. The census was paused in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.

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Enquiries relating to the Inpatient Census should be sent to:

All other enquiries should be directed to the Scottish Government’s central enquiry unit: 

Tel: 0300 244 4000
Text Relay Service: 18001+ 0300 244 4000 (service for the hard of hearing)

Scottish Government
St. Andrew's House
Regent Road

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