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Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics: Final April, Provisional May 2016

Official statistics, Experimental statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Clinical Commissioning Groups, Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs), Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Provider, Mental Health Trusts, Regions, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Regions, Country
Date Range:
01 Mar 2016 to 31 May 2016


This release presents experimental statistics from the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS), using final submissions for April 2016 and provisional submissions for May 2016.
This is the fifth monthly release from the dataset, which replaces the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Dataset (MHLDDS). As well as analysis of waiting times, first published in March 2016, this release includes elements of the reports that were previously included in monthly reports produced from final MHLDDS submissions.


In this publication a new data file has been produced to present the data for people identified as having learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorder (LDA) characteristics.
Because of the scope of the changes to the dataset (resulting in the name change to MHSDS and the new name for these monthly reports) it will take time to re-introduce all possible measures that were previously part of the MHLDS Monthly Reports.


Additional measures will be added to this report in the coming months. Further details about these changes and the consultation that informed were announced in November.

From January 2016 the release includes information on people in children and young people's mental health services, including CAMHS, for the first time. Learning disabilities and autism services have been included since September 2014. 
This release of final data for April 2016 comprises:
- An Executive Summary, which presents national-level analysis across the whole dataset and also for some specific service areas and age groups
- Data tables about access and waiting times in mental health services for the based on provisional data for the period 1 March 2016 to 31 May 2016.
- A monthly data file which presents 92 measures for mental health, learning disability and autism services at National, Provider and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) level.
- A Currency and Payments (CAP) data file, containing three measures relating to people assigned to Adult Mental Health Care Clusters. Further measures will be added in future releases.
- A data file containing the measures relating to people with learning disabilities and/or autism.
- Exploratory analysis of the coverage and completeness of access and waiting times statistics for people entering the Early Intervention in Psychosis pathway.
- A set of provider level data quality measures for both months. The report comprises of validity measures for various data items at National and Provider level. From the publication of April data, a coverage report is included showing the number of providers submitting each month and number of records submitted.
- A metadata file, which provide contextual information for each measure, including a full description, current uses, method used for analysis and some notes on usage.
We will release the reports as experimental statistics until the characteristics of data flowed using the new data standard are understood.

A correction has been made to this publication on 10 September 2018. This amendment relates to statistics in the monthly CSV data file; the specific measures effected are listed in the “Corrected Measures” CSV. All listed measures have now been corrected. NHS Digital apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Key Facts

Submissions for April 2016 were received from 85 service providers. Experimental analysis of this data shows that:
Mental health, learning disabilities and autism services

  • At the end April 2016, there were 1,121,668 open referrals; the majority of these (1,030,706) were for adult mental health services. There were 96,789 referrals for children and young people's mental health services and 61,223 for learning disabilities and autism services.
  • During April 245,058 new referrals were received into mental health, learning disabilities and autism services and 1,388,195  care contacts were attended.
  • 15,486  people were subject to the Mental Health Act at the end of April, including 11,252  people detained in hospital.


People with learning disabilities and/or autism

  • There were 9,925 new referrals for people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders in April 2016, with 116,385 open referrals at the end of the month.
  • There were 2,625 people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders in hospital at the end of April 2016, of which 990 were in a secure setting.
  • Of those people with LDA in hospital at the end of April, half (1,330) were in hospital within 10km of their home, whereas 305 had travelled over 50km.

Adult mental health services

  • Between 1 March and 31 May 2016 provisional data shows that 1,210 referrals with suspected first episode psychosis commenced treatment, of which 764  (63.1 per cent) waited two weeks or less.
  • 68.8 per cent of people in contact with adult mental health services who had been treated under the Care Programme Approach for the last twelve months received a review during that time.
  • There were 6,847 open ward stays in adult acute mental health inpatient care. Of these, for the patients for whom the distance travelled could be calculated, 275 were receiving care 50km or more away from their home postcode.

Children and young people in contact with mental health services

  • Between 1 March and 31 May 2016 provisional data shows that 821  new referrals for people aged under 19 with eating disorder issues were received.
  • There were 287,447 referrals active at any point during April for people aged under 19, of which 37,287 were new referrals and 32,262 were discharged during the month.
  • Of the 1,121,668 people in contact with mental health services at the end of April 2016, 211,833  (18.9 per cent) were aged under 19.



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