The MHSDS is a patient level, output based, secondary uses data set which delivers robust, comprehensive, nationally consistent and comparable person-based information for children, young people and adults who are in contact with Mental Health Services. As a secondary uses data set it intends to re-use clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care.
The MHSDS is unique in its coverage, because it covers not only services provided in hospitals, but also in outpatient clinics and in the community, where the majority of people in contact with these services are treated. MHSDS brings together key information from Adult and Children's mental health, learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorder, CYP-IAPT and early intervention care pathway that has been captured on clinical systems as part of patient care.
Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) v4.0 - DCB0011 Amd 30/2018
Future Version - Data collection commenced April 2019
Version 4.0 of the MHSDS (Amd 30/2018) was accepted as an Information Standard by the Data Coordination Board (DCB) and an Information Standards Notice (ISN) was published on 3 October 2018. MHSDS v4.0 mandates data collection from 1 April 2019 and data submission will commence from 3 June 2019.
For detailed information on the submission timetable, please refer to the 'How do I submit data to the Mental Health Services Data Set' page, and refer to the MHSDS submissions timetable.
The associated ISN's and standard documentation can be found on the DCB0011 publication page.
Please note that information on the previous versions of the MHSDS are available on the government national archives site.
Submission of MHSDS data is mandatory for NHS funded care, including independent sector providers
As part of scope changes introduced in Amd 3/2013, data for clients who are wholly funded by any means that is not NHS, can now be submitted on an optional basis.
Organisations falling with scope of MHSDS should make monthly submissions via the Bureau Service Portal on Open Exeter.