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Implement the Mental Health Services Data Set - tools and guidance

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.

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.

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.

The Information Standards Notice and supporting documentation for MHSDS v4.1 is published on the DCB0011 webpage.

MHSDS submission guidance documents - v4.1

These documents support services and organisations to configure their systems to extract the data required for the MHSDS.

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

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.

The Technical Output Specification defines the data items that are required from mental health service providers as part of the MHSDS. This information will remain static as part of this information standard release.

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

The Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS) in the cloud is the submission tool for the MHSDS and Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS) from 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.

Within the SDCS page you can also download our "Intermediate Database (IDB) Guidance" document. It's found under the header "guidance documents".

This guidance document is intended to help users check their database schema for compatibility with the IDB schema, and compare ACCDB file schemas, to ensure that data can be submitted successfully using the SDCS Cloud. Please read this document prior to contacting us if you experience any issues.

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).

SNOMED CT - coded scored assessments

NHS Digital has released the SNOMED CT reference tables. These describe which assessment tools can be submitted in the MHSDS and map to their corresponding SNOMED CT Concept ID codes. These are included in the Technical Output Specification and can be found under the MH Assessment Scales and Clustering Tools for MH tabs. More details on SNOMED CT can be found in the latest user guidance.

National Clinical Content Repository (Copyright Licensing Service)

The National Clinical Content Repository (NCCR) is a service operated by the NHS Digital Copyright Licensing Service. Find out how to register and gain easy access to copyrighted clinical assessment tools and outcome measures.

Further information

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    Mental Health Services Data Set

    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.

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    Submit data to the Mental Health Services Data Set

    All providers of specialist secondary mental health, learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorder services should submit to the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS). This page explains how.

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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.

Last edited: 13 January 2021 1:03 pm