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Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics, Final September 2021

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Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics, Final September 2021

Resolution of Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Data Quality Issue

Between December 2020 Performance and August 2021 Performance, some EIP measure values (mainly the ‘Not on EIP pathway’ measures) for Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (TAJ) were found to be excessively high due to a data quality issue and do not reflect actual activity.  

As a result, certain EIP measure values at national level are also much higher than they otherwise would be over the same time period.  For example, for August 2021 Performance, the national EIP32 and EIP63 measure values including TAJ are 13,457 and 4,647 respectively.  Excluding TAJ, the national EIP32 and EIP63 measure values are 8,447 and 3,692 respectively.

In December 2020, Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (TAJ) migrated to a new Electronic Patient Record. As a result of the implementation, (Suspected) First Episode Psychosis / At Risk Mental State within PRIMARY REASON FOR REFERRAL (MENTAL HEALTH) was made available to all teams within scope of the MHSDS, when it should have been restricted to teams qualified to provide treatment for FEP/ARMS. 

The system configuration has now been modified to reflect this. TAJ have also resubmitted April to September 2021 MHSDS data, and this September 2021 Final publication is the first this revised data has fed into.  The national September 2021 Final measure values for EIP32 and EIP63 are 8,695 and 3,755 respectively.

Revised data for TAJ will also feed into ‘End of Year’ monthly CSV files containing finalised data for every month from April 2021 onwards, however TAJ data for each month from December 2020 to March 2021 inclusive will not be revised as the 2020/21 multiple submission window model deadline closed on Friday 21st May 2021.

9 December 2021 09:30 AM

Resolution of issue with MHSDS Monthly: Final September 2021 Restrictive Interventions New CSV file

An issue was previously identified in the data contained within the Provider; Specialised Commissioning Service; Restrictive Intervention Type; Gender of the MHSDS Monthly: Final September 2021 Restrictive Interventions New CSV file.  As a result, this breakdown was temporarily removed from the file. The issue has now been resolved however, and the breakdown reinstated.  NHS Digital apologises for any inconvenience.

25 July 2022 09:30 AM


This publication provides the timeliest 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.

• Upcoming MHSDS version change

This is the final monthly report to be published using data collected under MHSDS version 4.1, and as such, contains Final September 2021 outputs only. No provisional October 2021 data is available as part of this publication.

The move to MHSDS version 5 from the October 2021 reporting period onwards brings with it changes to the dataset. The construction of a number of measures will change as a result. Full details of these changes will be provided in the metadata file.

The next monthly release is due to be published on 13 January 2022. This release will contain both Provisional October 2021 and Provisional November 2021 data.

• COVID-19 and the production of statistics

Due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) disruption, the quality and coverage of some of our statistics has been affected, for example by an increase in nonsubmissions for some datasets. We are also seeing some different patterns in the submitted data. For example, fewer patients are being referred to hospital and more appointments being carried out via phone/telemedicine/email. Therefore, data should be interpreted with care over the COVID-19 period.

• Early release of statistics

To support the ongoing COVID-19 work, Provisional monthly statistics were made available early and presented on our supplementary information pages in recent months. As this publication relates to Final September 2021 only, no Provisional monthly statistics are available on our our supplementary information pages for this publication.

• Updates to measures

For details of new measures, or changes to existing measures, see the 'Notes on measures' page. Full details of any changes are also available in the associated Metadata file.

Key Facts

1.49 million people were in contact with mental health services, at the end of September

The majority of these (1,019,305) were in contact with adult services

337,080 people were in contact with children and young people’s mental health services, at the end of September

178,242 people were in contact with learning disabilities and autism services, at the end of September

366,560 new referrals were received, and 2.02 million care contacts were attended, during September

21,736 people were subject to the Mental Health Act, including 16,230 people detained in hospital, at the end of September

Last edited: 22 July 2022 3:21 pm