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Mental health: there are fewer beds, nurses and psychiatry trainees than in 2010

Mental health: there are fewer beds, nurses and psychiatry trainees than in 2010

By Grace Rahman

Mental health: there are fewer beds, nurses and psychiatry trainees than in 2010This 20% drop was between September 2009 and March 2018, which isn’t a fair comparison. Mental health bedsUsing comparable figures since 2010, the average number of mental illness beds per year has dropped by 22% from 23,400 to 18,300. Mental health nursesThe number of full-time equivalent (FTE) mental health and learning disabilities nurses dropped by 16%, or by around 7,500 between September 2009 and September 2017. The majority of these nurses (90% in March 2018) are mental health nurses, with the rest working with patients with learning disabilities. 10% of these nurses work with people with learning disabilities and difficulties, and are included in the number of mental health nurses because of a wider definition of “mental health nurses” used by NHS Digital, which publishes the figures.