Emergency admissions to hospital for patients in need of psychiatric care rose for the first time in five years in 2012/13, official figures released today show. Below I’ve pulled out some of the key trends from the data. Overall mental health admissions, including planned admissions, have seen a downward trend over the past five years but rising numbers of emergency admissions for children have been made during the same period. The statistics include admissions to all NHS hospitals (not just specialist mental health units) and care at private services that was paid for by the NHS.
A series of reports, including a joint investigation by Community Care and BBC News, have raised concerns that frontline staff are struggling to secure voluntary admissions to hospital for patients amid pressures on NHS mental health beds.
Trends in psychiatric hospital admissions