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About the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS)

The Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) collects data from the health records of individual children, young people and adults who are in contact with mental health services.

The MHSDS brings together information captured on clinical systems as part of patient care. It covers not only services provided in hospitals but also outpatient clinics and in the community, where the majority of people in contact with these services are treated.


Who submits MHSDS data

It is mandatory for NHS funded care providers, including independent sector providers, to submit MHSDS data. Data for non-NHS funded clients can also now be submitted on an optional basis. 

Our submission tracker contains a list of organisations who currently submit data to the MHSDS and are deemed to be in scope. 


What data is submitted to the MHSDS

In scope

The MHSDS is a patient level, output based, secondary uses data set which aims to deliver robust, comprehensive, nationally consistent and comparable person-based information for children, young people and adults who are in contact with services for mental health and wellbeing, Learning Disability, autism or other neurodevelopmental conditions.

As a secondary uses data set it re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care, for example: commissioning, service improvement and service design. It defines the data items, definitions and associated value sets extracted or derived from local information systems.

All activity relating to patients of any age who receive care for a suspected or diagnosed mental health and wellbeing need, Learning Disability, autism or other neurodevelopmental conditions is within scope of the MHSDS.

It may be that the person has:

  • A mental health need or is being supported for their mental wellbeing including;

- Gambling addiction and substance misuse (out of scope for MHSDS v4.1 but in scope for MHSDS v5.0)

- Children and young people’s mental health services

- Mental health support teams working in schools and colleges 

  • Any combination of mental health, Learning Disability or autism needs

Record level data submission requirements for each patient accessing services, based on location and funding source, are as follows;

Services 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

Services outside England: 

  • if the patient is attending a service located outside England, but commissioned by an English CCG, NHS England specialised commissioner or an NHS-led Provider Collaborative, data submission is optional but may be a requirement of the commissioning arrangements
  • for example, this would include providers that are near English borders that routinely provide services to English patients and are claiming funding from English commissioners

Out of scope

Adult Psychological Therapies are currently out of scope of the MHSDS as this activity is covered by the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) dataset. 

Full details of in scope and out of scope services for the current version of the MHSDS (MHSDS v4.1) can found in MHSDS Requirements Specification document, which is available to download from the MHSDS information standard web page.  


MHSDS v4.1 (current version)

MHSDS v4.1 (DCB0011) is the current version of the information standard.  Data collection for v4.1 commenced on 1 April 2020, replacing the previous v4.0 collection.  

The information standard defines the data items, definitions and associated value sets to be extracted or derived from local information systems.

The associated ISN's and standard documentation can be found on the DCB0011 publication page.

Previous versions of the MHSDS are available on the government national archives site.


MHSDS v5.0 (future version)

MHSDS v5.0 (DCB0011) is the latest version of the information standard to be approved by the Data Coordination Board (DCB), data collection for v5.0 will commence in October 2021, replacing the previous v4.1 collection.  

The information standard defines the data items, definitions and associated value sets to be extracted or derived from local information systems.

The associated ISNs and standard documentation can be found on the DCB0011 publication page.

You can find previous versions of the MHSDS on the government national archives site.


How the MHSDS is used

MHSDS data is used for:

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

It is also the data source used by Mental Health Currencies and Payments (formerly PbR). Under this system, patients are assigned to care clusters and each cluster is linked to a care package, which commissioners are paying for. The mental health care clusters and mental health clustering tool are implemented through the MHSDS.

MHSDS statistics offer a comprehensive national picture of the use of specialist mental health, learning disabilities or autism services in England. These  can be used by:

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

Change Requests

To request a future change to the MHSDS then please email enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk

The MHSDS change requirements list includes a current list of requirements which stakeholders have submitted for us to review. 

 

Last edited: 21 July 2021 2:58 pm