1(c). Children and young people (all patients aged under 18)
This section of the report looks at patients in the census aged under 18, regardless of whether they receive a Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). The total patient population is smaller than that described in other sections of the report, so information on young patients is presented at a high level only.
- There were 50 mental health, addiction or learning disability inpatients aged under 18 in the October census.
- These patients are mostly aged 15 to 17 (39 out of 50 patients).
- These patients were mostly treated in Regional Services located in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside.
- Four additional NHS Boards returned data on a very small number of patients aged under 18, while six boards (excluding NHS Orkney and NHS Shetland) did not return any data on under 18s.
Young patients: age breakdown
- Of the 50 patients aged under 18 at the census, 18 were male and 32 were female. This is a reversal of the trend for working age adults (65% male).
- 38 out of the 50 patients were in a Children or Young People's Unit. There were 10 patients aged 16 or 17 who were recorded as being in the same ward as patients aged 18 or over.
- 38 out of the 50 patients were seen by a consultant who specialized in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (other specialties include General Psychiatry and Learning Disability).
- 40 out of the 50 patients were referred from a Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) (Others include Community Mental Health Service and Crisis Service).
- At the time of admission, 22 patients had a "formal" status, meaning they were being detained under the Mental Health Act 2003. 28 patients had an "informal" status. As at the census date, 24 patients had a "formal" status, and 26 patients had an "informal" status.
- The average (median) number of days since admission at the time of the census for young people was 63 days (2 months & 3 days).
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