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Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics: Final September, Provisional October 2016

Publication date: 09:30 December 22, 2016


This release presents experimental statistics from the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS). This replaces the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Dataset (MHLDDS). As well as analysis of waiting times this release includes elements of the reports that were previously included in monthly reports produced from final MHLDDS submissions. It also includes some new measures. New measures are noted in the accompanying metadata file.


The changes incorporate requirements in support of Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT), elements of the Learning Disabilities Census (LDC) and elements of the Assuring Transformation (AT) Information Standard.  Information provided in this release therefore covers mental health, learning disability and autism services for all ages ('services'). From January 2016 the release includes information on people in children's and young people's mental health services, including CAMHS, for the first time. Learning disabilities and autism services have been included since September 2014.


The expansion in the scope of the dataset means that many of the basic measures in this release now cover a wider set of services. We have introduced service level breakdowns for some measures to provide new information to users, but also, importantly, to provide comparability with key measures that were part of the previous monthly release. Full details of the measures included in this publication can be found in the Further information about this publication section of the executive summary. Because of the scope of the changes to the dataset it will take time to re-introduce all possible measures that were previously part of the MHLDS Monthly Reports. Additional measures will be added to this report in the coming months.



Because the dataset is new these measures are currently experimental statistics. We will release the reports as experimental statistics until the characteristics of data flowed using the new data standard are understood.

Key Facts

Mental health, learning disabilities and autism services


  • At the end of September, there were 1,236,804 people in contact with services; the majority of these (1,062,673) were in adult mental health services. There were 126,546 people in contact with children and young people's mental health services and 69,310 in learning disabilities and autism services.
  • During September, 249,233 new referrals were received into services and 1,534,805 care contacts were attended.
  • 18,734 people were subject to the Mental Health Act at the end of September, including 13,475 people detained in hospital.

Adult mental health services


  • Between 1 July and 30 September final data shows that 2,131 referrals with suspected first episode psychosis commenced, of which 1,347 (63.2 per cent) waited two weeks or less.
  • 78.7 per cent of people in contact with adult mental health services at the end of September who had been treated under the Care Programme Approach for the last twelve months received a review during that time.
  • There were 7,235 open ward stays at the end of September in adult acute mental health inpatient care. Of these, for the patients for whom the distance travelled could be calculated, 314 were receiving care 50km or more away from their home postcode.

Children and young people in contact with mental health services


  • Between 1 August and 31 October provisional data shows that 1,053 new referrals for people aged under 19 with eating disorder issues were received.
  • There were 286,333 referrals active at any point during September for people aged under 19, of which 34,806 were new referrals and 32,089 people under 19 were discharged during the month.
  • Of the 1,182,921 people in contact with mental health services at the end of September, 221,840 (18.8 per cent) were aged under 19.

People with learning disabilities and/or autism


  • There were 13,125 new referrals for people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders in September, with 133,380 open referrals at the end of the month.
  • There were 3,715 people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders in hospital at the end of September, of which 1,730 were in a secure setting.
  • Of those people with LDA in hospital at the end of September, 1,595 were in hospital within 10km of their home, whereas 400 had travelled over 50km.


Date Range: 01 August 2016 to 31 October 2016
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Councils with Social Services Responsibilities, Mental Health Trusts, Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Clinical Commissioning Groups

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