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Mental Health Services Data Set

The Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) contains record-level data about the care of children, young people and adults who are in contact with mental health, learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorder services.

2018/19 data should still be submitted via the Bureau Service Portal using the MHSDS v3.0 Intermediate Database (IDB). March 2019 refresh data can be submitted between 2 May 2019 and 23 May 2019.

 

April 2019 data and all subsequent 2019/20 data should be uploaded via the new Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS) cloud using the MHSDS v4.0 IDB. April 2019 primary data can be submitted between 2 May 2019 and 23 May 2019. April 2019 refresh data can be submitted between 1 June 2019 and 20 June 2019.

What is the Mental Health Services Data Set?

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.

Read how to submit data to the MHSDS.

How is the Mental Health Services Data Set used?

MHSDS supports a variety of secondary use functions such as:

  • commissioning
  • clinical audit
  • research
  • service planning
  • inspection and regulation
  • monitoring government policies and legislation
  • local and national performance management and benchmarking
  • national reporting and analysis

The MHSDS is the data source used for the implementation of Mental Health Currencies and Payment (formerly PbR). As such, the Mental Health Care Clusters, and Mental Health Clustering Tool are implemented through the MHSDS. MHSDS is also planned to be the future source of the Learning Disabilities payment system once requirements are determined.

MHSDS statistics are for anyone wanting a comprehensive national picture of the use of specialist mental health, learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorder services in England, including:

  • policy makers
  • commissioners
  • mental health service users
  • members of the public 

High Level Data Set Change Requests

Document Purpose Current version
MHSDS Change Requests 20180321 High-level summary of the requested changes currently in development or under consideration for the Mental Health Services Data Set. 21/03/2018

Further information

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    Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics

    This monthly statistical release makes available the most recent MHSDS data from January 2016 onwards and replaces the Monthly MHLDS Reports (last published in February). The release provides the most up to date information available about care given to users of NHS funded secondary mental health, learning disability and autism services for all ages in England.

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    Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) submission update

    The MHSDS applies to all service service providers and organisations that provide specialist secondary mental health, learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorder services. This report shows those providers providing a submission compared to those NHS Digital currently consider to be in scope for the collection.

Last edited: 1 May 2019 12:58 pm