All activity relating to people who receive specialist secondary mental health care services and have, or are thought to have, a mental illness; or who receive specialist secondary learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorder services and have, or are thought to have, a learning disability or autism spectrum disorder is within scope of the MHSDS.
The scope of the data set requires record level data submission from services as follows.
For each person attending a service located in England:
- if the person is wholly funded by the NHS – data submission for that person is mandatory
- if the person is partially funded by the NHS – data submission for that person is mandatory
- if the person is wholly funded by any means that is not NHS – data submission is optional
For each person attending a service located outside England, but commissioned by an English CCG or NHS England specialised commissioner, data submission is optional.
It may be that the person has:
- a mental illness
- a learning disability
- an autism spectrum disorder
- any combination of mental health, learning disability or autism spectrum disorder needs
Out of scope
The following areas are currently out of scope and should not be included within MHSDS:
- any patient receiving treatment through a specialist mental health, learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorder care provider but is not thought to have a mental illness, learning disability or autism spectrum disorder, for example smoking cessation services, addictions and substance misuse services, some alternative therapy services or some counselling services
- mental health, learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorder services provided only at a primary care level (such as within general practices or adult IAPT)
See our submission tracker, a list of organisations who submit data to the MHSDS and are deemed to be in scope.