I was looking at these data and wondering if the rates of discharge by the Tribunal vary for different types of applicant. It turned out that they do – restricted patients are most likely to be discharged, followed by patients detained under s2 MHA whilst unrestricted patients detained under other parts of the MHA were the least likely to be discharged.
I have recently been learning to use two new (open source) software packages: R for statistics and Inkscape (a vector based graphics program). I am learning these because I want more flexibility in presenting data than Excel or SPSS can give me. I was practising with these packages on the MHA Tribunal data and made this chart, based on a ‘recipe’ from a book called Visualise This. I’m not sure if it’s helpful to anyone, but I thought I’d share it anyway, and I’ve put it on a power point slide here in case you want to use it. Pie charts should be avoided when you have a large number of variables. but I wanted to use them here because I can convey the number of people the Tribunal made discharge or no-discharge decisions for using the area, and the proportion of people discharged by the Tribunal by the angle of the slice of pie.
As an aside, the data from CQC on Tribunals don’t quite add up to 100%. The number of hearings is greater than the total number of ‘discharge’ and ‘no discharge’, presumably because some hearings did not result in a decision either way. I also haven’t included the number of people who applied for a Tribunal hearing but either withdrew their application or were discharged prior to the hearing.