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Implementation tools and guidance: Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) v4.1

Tools and guidance to help mental health service providers implement the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS). It also includes how to submit data, what data is required and the SNOMED CT codes used.

Organisational assessment and planning tools

These resources will help you plan how you can implement data collection for the MHSDS.

MHSDS Conformance Checklist

The conformance checklist is a tool to help service providers assess how well their local IT systems 'map' to the MHSDS v4.1 Technical Output Specification.

MHSDS v4.1 (DCB0011, release number Amd 43/2019) was accepted by the Data Coordination Board (DCB) for collection from 1 April 2020.

Learn more about the Information Standards Notice and supporting documentation for MHSDS v4.1.

MHSDS Implementation Planning Template

The planning template will help your organisation to plan the tasks needed to implement the MHSDS. The resulting plan should describe how you intend to approach this implementation and meet the timescales you've set out.


MHSDS submission guidance documents - v4.1

MHSDS v4.1 Data Model

The MHSDS Data Model is a visual representation of the Technical Output Specification. It shows each of the individual tables and data items that will make up your submission of the MHSDS to NHS Digital.

MHSDS v4.1 User Guidance

The MHSDS user guidance document outlines how the national data set should be used and interpreted by users, system suppliers and other stakeholders. This document supports and should be read in conjunction with the Technical Output Specification and Data Model.

MHSDS v4.1 Technical Output Specification

The Technical Output Specification defines the data items that are required from mental health service providers as part of the MHSDS.


Submitting the MHSDS to the Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS) Cloud

The Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS) in the cloud has been the submission tool for the MHSDS since May 2019. It is an internet-facing service that does not require an N3 or HSCN connection, making it easier for all providers to submit data.

We have produced some updated guidance for preparing the IDB for making submissions to the SDCS Cloud. You can find this guidance on our MHSDS submission pages under the header ‘MHSDS Intermediate Database'.

SDCS Cloud Registration and User Guide

A step by step guide to registering and authenticating an account for the Strategic Data Collections Service in the Cloud (SDCS Cloud).


Other guidance

Last edited: 22 July 2021 1:02 pm