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Data on adults and children referred into NHS services for severe or enduring mental health problems and those referred into Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services is captured within the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) and the IAPT data set. This data has been captured on clinical systems as part of patient care.
These data sets contain information about patients and the services that they received, which is used to improve care and monitor policy initiatives.
The MHSDS covers not only services provided in hospitals, but also in outpatient clinics and in the community, where most of the people in contact with these services are treated.
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
- mental health service users
- members of the public
The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme began in 2008 and has transformed treatment of anxiety disorders and depression in England. Over 900,000 people now access adult IAPT services each year. They are provided with a range of talking therapies and outcomes are measured at each appointment. The IAPT data set captures details about patients, services, therapies and outcome measures.
The mental health team also collects the Assuring Transformation (AT) collection. This collects data about people with learning disabilities or autism who are admitted to hospital. It was set up in reaction to the Winterbourne view scandal. Data is collected to make sure people are not in hospital if they would be better looked after in the community.
It is expected that the AT collection will stop in the future, as MHSDS now includes people in contact with learning disability services.