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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 - v5.0

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

The MHSDS Technical Output Specification for v5.0 is not live as yet. Proposed go-live date for v5.0 of the MHSDS is October 2021. Providers should still be using MHSDS v4.1 to make their submissions.

The latest version of the MHSDS Technical Output Specification for v5.0.14 can be found below. Please note that this is still subject to change and is in draft format.

Additional guidance documents for v5.0 will be published in due course.


MHSDS submission guidance documents - v4.1

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.


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.

We have produced some updated generic 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).


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.


Further information

internal 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.

internal 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.

internal 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: 19 April 2021 1:12 pm