The figures in this annual report provide a more comprehensive picture of people using adult specialist mental health services than has been published before. The new version of the dataset (MHMDS v4) that underpins this annual report was introduced in April 2011/12, with changes to the way some data was collected and processed and these have contributed to a significant increase in overall numbers. The report also uses the latest population figures from the 2011 census.
This report therefore contains a reduced set of time series analyses and effectively presents a new baseline for some established measures, particularly those relating to people only in contact with community services.
For operational reasons the 2011/12 Bulletin has been published in two parts. The initial publication on February 19th 2013 contained a report and data tables based on national figures. This second release on 30th April 2013 adds organisational level analysis and a machine readable file of underlying data for some useful measures. It also introduces standardised rates of access at Primary Care Trust (PCT) level to specialist mental health services, based on 2011 Census data.
The Bulletin is intended to be useful to stakeholders (e.g. the Department of Health and service commissioners), data providers and users of our statistics (e.g. mental health organisations including charities, and service users and their representatives).
In March 2013 we made some improvements to calculations and derived data items and the way in which time series were presented. Consequently changes were made to five tables; presentation of tables 1.1, 2.1 and 3.1, and an update to a derivation used in the construction of tables 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 which resulted in an overall difference of 23 in the number of inpatients subject to the Mental Health Act during the year (and in minor differences with quoted figures in the report).
In April we reissued the national level tables in a clearer format following a full review of table design (which will be used going forward). These include the improved derivations used in March, and add an improved derivation to tables 4.1 and 4.2 which result in a 1.5% difference (106,966) in bed days which had gender information recorded,, and a revision has been made to the calculation used to produce crude rates of access to NHS funded inpatient care per 100 mental health service users in table 1.6 (a difference at England level of 0.19).