Mental Health and Learning Disability Bed Census

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Scotland's Chief Statistician today published the results from the Inpatient Census, 2016.

This Statistics Release presents the latest national figures for patients occupying a Mental Health, Learning Disability or Addiction Inpatient Bed in an NHS Scotland facility at the Census date of 31 March 2016. Figures from the Out of NHS Scotland Placements Census are also presented.

Some of the notable statistics included in the report are:

• There were 3,633 patients occupying a psychiatric, addiction or learning disability inpatient bed in an NHS Scotland facility in the March 2016 census. This compares to 3,909 in October 2014.

• As at the census, there were 4,254 psychiatric, addiction or learning disability inpatient beds available in NHS Scotland at the March 2016 census, compared to 4,532 in October 2014. The overall occupancy rate in Scotland was 85% (86% in October 2014).

• Of the 3,633 patients, 58% were Male, 42% were female. Of patients of working age (between 18 and 64 years old), 64% were male.

• The patients in the census were mostly from older age groups. 22% were aged 18-39, 35% were aged 40-64 and 41% aged 65+.

• There were 55 patients aged under 18 in the March census. There were 50 in October 2014

• There were an additional 137 patients who were funded by NHS Scotland, but treated outwith NHS Scotland, either in a private facility or NHS facility elsewhere in the UK. This compares with 143 patients at the October 2014 Census. Of the 137 patients, 89 (65%) were in receipt of HBCCC.


1. This official statistics release presents figures from the Inpatient Census: Part 1 (Mental Health & Learning Disability Inpatient Bed Census) and Part 2 (Out of NHS Scotland Placements Census).

2. Further information on Health and Community Care statistics within Scotland can be accessed at:

3. Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at:


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