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Mental health: guidance for service providers and suppliers

Information on the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) including technical specifications and guidance for providers and suppliers. The purpose of this page is to support improvements in data quality by providing links to guidance and resources available for the MHSDS.


It is mandatory for all providers of NHS-funded specialist mental health services to submit data about these services to the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS). This applies to both NHS and independent providers.

Collection of this data is mandated via the Information Standard DCB0011: Mental Health Services Data Set

The information standards page includes the following documents:

  • Requirements specification
  • Change specifications
  • Implementation guidance
  • Information Standards Notice

If you are unsure if your organisation is in scope for the MHSDS, please refer to the requirements specification docum ent.

Data set information

Information on the data set and why it is collected.

Mental Health Services Data Set

How to start submitting

To supplement the detailed guidance provided below, a high-level summary is available to new submitters to guide them through the process. This information is available in the Guide to MHSDS submissions

Guide to MHSDS Submissions

Further information on how to submit data to the Mental Health Services Data Set is available at:

Mental Health Services Data Set - Data submission

Technical specifications and guidance

Specialised Commissioning

A dedicated workspace is available on the FutureNHS website to support data quality improvement for specialised commissioning. To access the area:

  • if you already have a FutureNHS account, visit the workspace homepage
  • if you do not have a FutureNHS account but have an or email account, you can register for access to the website. Other users can request access by emailing

Submission windows

Dates for MHSDS monthly submission windows.

Mental Health Services Data Set - Data submission

Further information

Last edited: 25 January 2021 10:41 am