NHS publish annual statistical report on drug misuse in England

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The NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre have published their annual report on drug misuse in adults and children, which this year includes a focus on young adults. Headlines from the report include a 58% rise in hospital admissions for drug poisoning in the last 11 years, and a 23% fall in admissions for drug-related mental [read the full story...]

The cost of antidepressant prescribing has risen by nearly a quarter in the last year, according to new NHS figures

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The largest annual rise in prescriptions was seen in antidepressants according to figures published this week by the NHS Information Centre. 46.7 million prescriptions for antidepressants were dispensed in 2011, a rise of 3.9 million on 2010. This equates to a rise of 9.1% in the 12 month period, which is similar to that seen [read the full story...]

New NHS survey points to decline in drug use amongst 11-15 years olds

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The NHS Information Centre have published their annual survey of secondary school pupils in England in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15). 6,519 pupils in 219 schools completed questionnaires in the autumn term of 2011. The survey report presents information on the percentage of pupils who have ever smoked, tried alcohol or [read the full story...]

Adults with serious mental illness have a mortality rate three times as high as the general population, according to new NHS statistics

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People aged 18-74 with serious mental illness have a mortality rate three times as high as the general population, new data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show. Though previous research has looked at this area, this is the first time such figures have been calculated by linking mortality data to the [read the full story...]

Prescriptions for alcohol dependency increase once more, but attitudes to drinking are on a downward trend

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The NHS Information Centre have published their annual series of reports about alcohol use and misuse.  The reports cover a range of issues including drinking habits and behaviours among adults (aged 16 and over) and school children (aged 11 to 15), drinking-related ill health and mortality, affordability of alcohol, alcohol related admissions to hospital and alcohol-related [read the full story...]

One third of adults using secondary mental health services are not living in settled accommodation

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Those of you who like nothing more than to pour over spreadsheets full of social care and mental health statistics (you know who you are) may shed a tear today, as it sees the final publication of the Social Care and Mental Health Indicators from the National Indicator set, which is soon to be replaced [read the full story...]

See how the NHS is performing locally and regionally on the Indictor Portal

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The NHS Indicator Portal is a website that provides access to hundreds of health indicators including: Compendium of Population Health Indicators A wide-ranging collection of over 300 indicators designed to provide a comprehensive overview of population health at a national, regional and local level. These indicators were previously available on the Clinical and Health Outcomes [read the full story...]

Over one third of adults with severe learning disabilities living in private households in England have autism according to new NHS report

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Adults with a more severe learning disability also have a greater likelihood of having autism according to a new report published by the NHS Information Centre. The report combines data from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) 2007 with findings from a new study based on a sample of people with learning disabilities living in [read the full story...]

NHS publish latest version of the Mental Health Minimum Dataset

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This fifth annual report on NHS adult specialist mental health services in England and the people who use them covers five years with the most recent information for 2010/11. It covers hospital care and services delivered in the community. This year, for the first time, data from a small number of NHS funded independent sector [read the full story...]

NHS drug misuse report shows increase in hospital admissions for drug related disorders

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The NHS Information Centre have published their annual statistical report presenting information on drug misuse among both adults and children, which this year has a focus on young adults. The bulletin also summarises Government plans and targets in this area, as well as providing sources of further information and links to relevant documents. The topics [read the full story...]