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Mental health detentions and community treatment orders rise again

And 1 in 3 place of safety orders made to police custody suites rather than hospital

Caroline White

Friday, 26 October 2012

The number of detentions and Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) made under the Mental Health Act, rose again last year, show new figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

For the first time, the figures include place of safety orders under the Mental Health Act, and they show that around one in three such orders were made to police custody suites rather than to hospital.

The number of detentions in NHS and independent hospitals reached 48,600 last year, an increase of 2300 (5%) on 2010/11. The number of CTOs rose to 4200, an increase of 400 (10%) on the previous year’s figures.

An estimated 8700 place of safety orders were made last year to police custody suites, accounting for around one in three of the total.

Combined with the 14,900 orders where the person was taken to hospital as a place of safety, the total number of place of safety orders last year was at least 23,600.

More men than women were subject to place of safety orders in hospitals (8732 compared with 6508). The proportional rise was also greater for men than women (9% compared with 2%).

The report also shows that in 2011/12 there were: 3600 detentions in independent sector hospitals; an increase of 600 (21%) on the previous year (3,000), largely due to a 45 per cent increase in detentions under Section 2 of the Act (a rise of 300 from the previous year).

There were 15,200 uses of place of safety orders to hospitals, an increase of 800 (6%) on the previous year (14,400), and 2100 CTO recalls to hospital, an increase of 500 (30%) on the previous year (1600).

Around 70 per cent of such recalls in 2011/12 were revoked, compared with around 60 per cent in the previous year.

Inpatients formally detained in hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983, and patients subject to supervised community treatment, Annual figures, England, 2011/12 is at www.ic.nhs.uk

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