Here are all the stats you need to know.

The statistics below show the increasing rates across mental health, mental capacity and healthcare and social services in England. These figures continue to rise year on year in light of budget cuts and austerity showing that the need for advocacy is more important than ever.

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Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy

  • There were 227,400 applications for DoLS received during 2017-18, an increase of 4.7% on the year before.
  • Almost three quarters related to people aged 75 and over.
  • There were more DoLS applications received than were completed (181,785) in 2017-18.
  • The number of DoLS applications that were completed increased by 19.6% from 151,970 in 2016-17.
  • The reported number of cases that were not completed was 125,630.
  • 75,550 applications were made from patients in nursing care homes and 5,465 from persons in mental health units.
  • As of 31 March 2017 there were 66,550 people under an active DoLS, 60% were female and 88% were white.

Independent Mental Health Advocacy

  • Last year there were 49,551 new detentions under the Mental Health Act, a 2.4% increase in the year before.
  • Detention rates were higher for males with the most popular age group for detentions 18-34. Detention rates tend to decline with age.
  • Detention rates rose for another year in a row for the 65+ age group. Amongst the five broad ethnic groups, ‘Black or Black British’ rates were over four times those of White groups.

Independent Care Act Advocacy

An independent report in 2017 by Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) into care and support states:

  • 51% found it “quite” or “very” difficult to find information.
  • 70% said the council sometimes, rarely or never listened to their want or needs.
  • 54% were involved as much as they wanted in arranging their care or support.
  • 11% were offered and received help from an advocate.
  • 3% wanted, but were refused help from an advocate
  • 68% were not offered an advocate
  • The National Audit Office (NAO) noted in its report of June 2015 that there had been a fall of 14 percent in the number of people aged 65 or over receiving social care assessments between 2005 and 2013: and a 30 per cent fall in the number of people aged 65 or over receiving social care services between 2005 and 2013.9
  • Carers – The Carers Trust report that around 65% of carers in the UK have not received Carer’s Assessments

NHS & Social Care Complaints

  • In 2016-17 there were 208,415 written health complaints, which works out as 4,008 written complaints a week or 571 written complaints a day.
  • The total number of all HCHS (secondary care) written complaints was 117,836 in 2016-17. This is an increase of 1,656 (1.4 per cent) from last year (116,180).
  • The total number of all reported Primary Care (GP and Dental) written complaints has increased by 8,020 (9.7 per cent) from 82,559 in 2015-16 to 90,579 in 2016-17.
  • In 2016-17 the Ombudsman received over 16,500 complaints and enquiries about councils. The greatest proportion were about Education and Children’s Services, followed by Adult Social Care, and Planning.