HEALTH officials detained 500 people under mental health legislation in the Kirklees region last year.
That was an increase of just one despite the fact that the number of people subject to the Mental Health Act has risen significantly in England.
According to an NHS report, the South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust is bucking the trend.
Over 20,000 people in England were either formally detained in hospital or supervised with a community treatment order this year, which is a rise of 991 patients from 2010.
However, in the past year only one more person has been admitted under the Mental Health Act within the South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust. The number of formal admissions under the MHA in South West Yorkshire – which includes Huddersfield and Dewsbury – rose to 500 from 499 the previous year.
The number of people subject to a Supervised Community Treatment Order also increased by just one, from 39 between 2009 and 2010 to 40 between 2010 and 2011.
Suzie Dooling, spokesperson with the trust, said: “Detaining a person in hospital under the Mental Health Act is always carefully considered by the professionals involved.
“The trust’s main focus is on supporting people to live full lives in their local community and 98% of our contact with people is in their homes or in other community settings.
“In December 2010 mental health services that were provided at St Luke’s Hospital in Huddersfield moved to new community facilities at Folly Hall Mills near the town centre which offer a much improved environment.
“There are times when people do need to be cared for in a hospital setting and the trust provides high quality accommodation to aid their recovery.”
The report found that there has been a significant rise in the amount of Community Treatment Orders – a supervision order that allows a patient to be treated within the community.
There has been a 30% rise in CTOs while formal admissions have fallen by 2.2%. The report suggested that reduction of formal admissions could be due to the favoured CTO. If a patient breaches the conditions they will then be recalled to hospital.