This publication provides the most timely statistics available relating to NHS funded secondary mental health, learning disabilities and autism services in England. This information will be of use to people needing access to information quickly for operational decision making and other purposes. These statistics are derived from submissions made using version 3.0 of the Mental Health Services Dataset (MHSDS). This edition includes final statistics for November 2018 and provisional statistics for December 2018.
NHS Digital review the quality and completeness of the submissions used to create these statistics on an ongoing basis. More information about this work can be found in the Accuracy and reliability section of this report. Fully detailed information on the quality and completeness of particular statistics in this release is not available due to the timescales involved in reviewing submissions and engaging with data providers. The information that has been obtained at the time of publication is made available in the Provider Feedback sections of the Data Quality Reports which accompany this release. Information gathered after publication is released in future editions of this publication series. More detailed information on the quality and completeness of these statistics and a summary of how these statistics may be interpreted is made available later in our Mental Health Bulletin: Annual Report publication series. All elements of this publication, other editions of this publication series, and related annual publication series' can be found in the Related Links below.
We are aware that a number of providers may have encountered issues submitting mental health data to the Bureau Service Portal (BSP) in December due to a power outage; the issue may have affected the quality of the data the provider was able to submit or prevented the provider from submitting at all. The full impact on the data is being investigated with some information available from the data quality reports.
Please note: The provider breakdown for AMH04 (People in contact with adult mental health services on CPA at the end of RP with HoNOS recorded) has not been included in this publication and will not be included in future publications until the cause is rectified. NHS Digital will inform users once this issue has been resolved. NHS Digital apologises for any inconvenience caused.
Mental health, learning disabilities and autism services
- At the end of November, there were 1,310,985 people in contact with services; the majority of these 1,028,081 were in adult mental health services. There were 223,744 people in contact with children and young people’s mental health services and 100,401 in learning disabilities and autism services
- 320,349 new referrals were received into services during November and 1,794,461 care contacts were attended.
- 21,174 people were subject to the Mental Health Act at the end of November, including 15,450 people detained in hospital.
Adult mental health services
- Between 1 September and 30 November 3,761 referrals with suspected first episode psychosis started treatment, of which 2,333 (62.0%) waited two weeks or less.
- 77.6% of people in contact with adult mental health services at the end of November who had been treated under the Care Programme Approach for twelve months received a review during that time.
- There were 9,217 open ward stays at the end of November in adult acute mental health inpatient care , and 6,011 open ward stays in specialised adult mental health services .
Children and young people in contact with mental health services
- Between 1 September and 30 November 2,997 new referrals for people aged under 19 with eating disorder issues were received.
- There were 423,701 referrals active at any point during November for people aged under 19, of which 69,391 were new referrals and 51,322 people under 19 were discharged during the month.
- Of the 1,238,533 in contact with mental health services at the end of November, 307,984 (24.9% ) were aged under 19.
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