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Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics: Final September, Provisional October 2017

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Publication date: 09:30 December 19, 2017

Summary

This publication provides the most timely statistics available relating to NHS funded secondary mental health, learning disabilities and autism services in England. This information will be of use to people needing access to information quickly for operational decision making and other purposes. These statistics are derived from submissions made using version 2.0 of the Mental Health Services Dataset (MHSDS).

NHS Digital review the quality and completeness of the submissions used to create these statistics on an ongoing basis. More information about this work can be found in the Accuracy and reliability section of this report. Fully detailed information on the quality and completeness of particular statistics in this release is not available due to the timescales involved in reviewing submissions and engaging with data providers. The information that has been obtained at the time of publication is made available in the Provider Feedback sections of the Data Quality Reports which accompany this release. Information gathered after publication is released in future editions of this publication series. More detailed information on the quality and completeness of these statistics and a summary of how these statistics may be interpreted is made available later in our Mental Health Bulletin: Annual Report publication series. All elements of this publication, other editions of this publication series, and related annual publication series' can be found in the Related Links below.

This edition includes statistics produced for the Five Year Forward View (FYFV) for Mental Health Dashboard. These can be found in the Children and Young People's Mental Health Indicators Reference Tables and Adult Mental Health Services Selected NHS England Measures Reference Tables. This information has been previously made available on the NHS Digital Supplementary Information web page. The format of reporting of these statistics will be updated in future releases to improve clarity and accessibility. More information about the FYFV Dashboard can be found in the Related Links below.

Statistics for the number of people under the age of 18 being treated on adult wards have not been included in the Children and young people mental health indicators reference tables in this edition. These statistics represent a small number of people, as such data quality issues in particular providers submissions can have a large impact. South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust have reported data quality errors in the August 2017 submission. An unexpected change in system configuration has resulted in a children's ward been incorrectly classified as an adult ward, resulting in high figures of people under 18 on an adult ward. Assurance processes are being tightened by the Trust to prevent this issue reoccurring. While the impact of these error are being understood these statistics have been removed from this report. NHS Digital will provide an update on the availability of these statistics by 31 December 2017.
 


Key Facts

Mental health, learning disabilities and autism services

  • At the end of September, there were 1,214,870 people in contact with services; the majority of these 1,015,165 were in adult mental health services. There were 146,393 people in contact with children and young people's mental health services and 82,042 in learning disabilities and autism services.
  • 252,129 new referrals were received into services during September and 1,549,121 care contacts were attended.
  • 19,102 people were subject to the Mental Health Act at the end of September, including 13,606 people detained in hospital.

 

Adult mental health services

  • Between 1 July and 30 September 3,428 referrals with suspected first episode psychosis started treatment, of which 2,081 (60.7 per cent) waited two weeks or less.
  • 76.6 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 twelve months received a review during that time.
  • There were 7,669 open ward stays at the end of July in adult acute mental health inpatient care, and 5,285 open ward stays in specialised adult mental health services.

 

Children and young people in contact with mental health services

  • Between 1 July and 30 September 2,097 new referrals for people aged under 19 with eating disorder issues were received.
  • There were 340,798 referrals active at any point during September for people aged under 19, of which 41,333 were new referrals and 35,599 people under 19 were discharged during the month.
  • Of the 1,152,017 in contact with mental health services at the end of September, 248,816 (21.6 per cent) were aged under 19.

 

People with learning disabilities and/or autism

  • There were 3,235 people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders in hospital at the end of September of which 1,530 were in a secure setting.
  • Of those people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders in hospital at the end of September, 1,060 (33 per cent) had been in hospital for over 2 years.
  • Of those people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders in hospital at the end of September, 140 (four per cent) had a delayed discharge

Coverage

Date Range: 01 July 2017 to 31 October 2017
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Mental Health Trusts, Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities

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