Content of this publication
This publication comprises a report which has been produced from mental health, learning disabilities and autism service providers’ MHSDS submissions. The information provided in this publication series is the timeliest that has ever been available for mental health services in England.
This report includes a main data file containing a large number of measures including:
- Access and waiting time standards for early intervention in psychosis and the number of new referrals for eating disorders
- Currency and payments data to support commissioners and providers using the mental health currencies and payments system
- Measures relating to learning disabilities (including autism) services and services for children and young people. These include the number of children and young people in contact with mental health services and also the number of children and young people on adult wards.
- Measures on inpatients with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders, comparable to the data published in the Assuring Transformation publication.
- Data for inclusion in NHS England's Five Year Forward View Dashboard (published quarterly)
- Perinatal analysis looking at those women in contact with mental health services who were new or expectant mothers (published quarterly).
The measures are presented at National, Provider and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) of registration or residence level. The number of children and young people accessing NHS funded community mental health services measures are also presented by commissioning region and sustainability and transformation partnership (STP). Some measures used in the construction of indicators within the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) are also presented at Council with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSR) level. Further levels may be introduced in future. Where measures have not been calculated for a particular level, this is marked with a ‘-‘.
The units of measurement for the majority of measures are either a person in contact with services at the end of the month, or a person's open referral in services at the end of the month. These measures are effectively a count of open caseload, categorised by the type of service being received at the end of the month. The number of open referrals for people in contact with services will generally be greater than the number of people in contact with services, as the latter only counts a person once regardless of how many referrals into services they have open at any time. The file also includes a set of ‘in month’ activity counts, showing the volume of services provided within the month. Taken as a whole these measures provide the building blocks of information to help develop an understanding of what services are being delivered and to whom.
The metadata file accompanying this publication shows which of these measures are produced using a single month’s submission to MHSDS and which require previous submissions.