Under the Mental Health Act, people with a mental disorder may be formally detained in hospital (or 'sectioned') in the interests of their own health or safety, or for the protection of other people. They can also be treated in the community but subject to recall to hospital for assessment and/or treatment under a Community Treatment Order (CTO).
People may also be placed under Short Term Detention Orders for mental health disorders by the police, and taken to a 'place of safety'. We report such uses where the place of safety was a hospital.
These statistics are derived from the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) which reuses operational data produced by NHS and independent providers. The data are known to be incomplete and are therefore an undercount at England level.
This report presents selected measures from the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 publications alongside provider-level data quality information to help users understand the impact of local data quality issues.