This publication provides the most timely picture available of people using NHS funded secondary mental health, learning disabilities and autism services in England. These are experimental statistics which are undergoing development and evaluation. This information will be of use to people needing access to information quickly for operational decision making and other purposes. More detailed information on the quality and completeness of these statistics is made available later in our Mental Health Bulletin: Annual Report publication series.
We have also published a methodological change document covering the impact of improving our Data Processing Services (DPS) on Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics. This document explores the Strategic Data Collection Service in the cloud (SDCS Cloud), faster data processing and the Master Person Service (MPS).
The methodological change document is available on our Methodological changes webpage (https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/find-data-and-publications/statement-of-administrative-sources/methodological-changes), within the Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics section. The document comprises of two files, Impact of improving our Data Processing Services on Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics, 2019-20 onwards and the associated Reference tables; direct links are in the Related Links section below.
A correction has been made to this publication on 07 May 2020. This amendment relates to a number of statistics published here; the specific measures effected are listed in the Metadata file available in the below link. All listed measures have now been corrected. The provisional statistics have also been removed as they are now superseded by the Final data published in the following month. NHS Digital apologises for any inconvenience caused.
From April 2020 onwards, NHS Digital has been implementing a multiple submission window model (MSWM) for MHSDS. This allows providers to retrospectively submit data for a specific reporting period once the initial provisional and performance submission windows have closed. For a limited time, providers were given the opportunity to submit revised monthly data for all months within 2019/20 using the MSWM.
As of January 2021, NHS Digital has now released revised 'End of Year' versions of the main monthly csv files for each month between April 2019 and February 2020 which reflect these revised 2019/20 MSWM submissions that occurred after 'Final' monthly data had already been published.
Both the 'Final' and 'End of Year' versions of the main monthly csv files are available to download under 'Resources'. The key facts corresponding to both versions are also presented below.
Key Facts based on 'End of Year' data
- At the end of August, there were 1,325,317 people in contact with services; the majority of these (1,027,124) were in adult mental health services. There were 218,826 people in contact with children and young people’s mental health services and 126,727 in learning disabilities and autism services.
- 286,850 new referrals were received into services during August and 1,643,153 care contacts were attended.
- 21,427 people were subject to the Mental Health Act at the end of August, including 15,438 people detained in hospital.
Key Facts based on 'Final' data (superseded by 'End of Year' statistics)
- At the end of August, there were 1,377,959 people in contact with services; the majority of these (1,078,697) were in adult mental health services. There were 227,192 people in contact with children and young people’s mental health services and 121,292 in learning disabilities and autism services.
- 288,363 new referrals were received into services during August and 1,663,633 care contacts were attended.
- 21,756 people were subject to the Mental Health Act at the end of August, including 15,564 people detained in hospital.
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