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Mental Health Bulletin, Third report from Mental Health Minimum Data Set (MHMDS) annual returns - 2004-2009

Official statistics, Experimental statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Mental Health Trusts, Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Country, Primary Care Organisations, Care Trusts, NHS Trusts, Local Authorities, Regions, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, County
Date Range:
01 Apr 2004 to 31 Mar 2009


This is the third report to use data from Mental Health Minimum Dataset (MHMDS)annual returns. It provides analyses at national level of all England data and covers the years 2004-2005 to 2008-2009. Trust level analyses by provider and commissioner are available on MHMDS Online and as electronic data tables. The report also introduces some experimental statistics about rates of access to mental health services.


The data shows that in 2008-2009:

  • 1,222,400 people were in contact with MH services, a rise of 2.7 per cent since 2007-2008 when there were 1,190,500
  • The rate to admitted care for people over the aged 75 and over was 425 per 100,000 population which was 71.4 per cent higher than the overall rate of access to admitted care.
  • 31.8 per cent of people who spent time as an inpatient were compulsorily detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act during the year. This is a larger percentage of all inpatients than in previous years and the data shows a steady increase in the percentage of inpatients that are detained (percentage of inpatients that were detained were 23.7 per cent, 25.4 per cent, 26.5 per cent and 30.8 per cent in 2004-05, 2005-2006, 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 respectively).
  • Rates of access to mental health services (all services, not just inpatient care) were highest for the Black and Black British group which had with a rate of access of 3,453 per 100,000 population. This was 17.1 per cent higher than the rate for all ethnic groups which was 2,949 per 100,000 population.
  • As with the rate of access to services overall, the rate of access to admitted care was highest for the Black and Black British group at 674 per 100,000 population, which is 169.6 per cent greater than the rate for all ethnic groups (at 250 per 100,000 population). Whereas 8.4 per cent of all patients spent time as an inpatient, for the Black and Black British group ) this figure was a little over twice this rate at 19.3 per cent.


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