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Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics: Final April, Provisional May 2017

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 Feb 2017 to 31 May 2017


This release presents experimental statistics from the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS). This replaces the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Dataset (MHLDDS). As well as analysis of waiting times this release includes elements of the reports that were previously included in monthly reports produced from final MHLDDS submissions. It also includes some new measures. New measures are noted in the accompanying metadata file.

The changes incorporate requirements in support of Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT), elements of the Learning Disabilities Census (LDC) and elements of the Assuring Transformation (AT) Information Standard. Information provided in this release therefore covers mental health, learning disability and autism services for all ages ('services'). From January 2016 the release includes information on people in children's and young people's mental health services, including CAMHS, for the first time. Learning disabilities and autism services have been included since September 2014.

The expansion in the scope of the dataset means that many of the basic measures in this release now cover a wider set of services. We have introduced service level breakdowns for some measures to provide new information to users, but also, importantly, to provide comparability with key measures that were part of the previous monthly release. Full details of the measures included in this publication can be found in the Further information about this publication section of the executive summary. Because of the scope of the changes to the dataset 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.

Because the dataset is new these measures are currently experimental statistics. 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 2017 were received from 92 service providers. This is lower than previous months as some providers have been unable to immediately provide a submission that conforms to MHSDS v2. We expect this to be addressed in future submissions.

Mental health, learning disabilities and autism services

  • At the end of April, there were 1,219,839 people in contact with services; the majority of these (1,012,498) were in adult mental health services. There were 155,738 people in contact with children and young people's mental health services and 78,904 in learning disabilities and autism services.
  • 230,980 new referrals were received into services during April and 1,372,849 care contacts were attended.
  • 19,573 people were subject to the Mental Health Act at the end of April, including 13,798 people detained in hospital.

Adult mental health services

  • Between 1 February and 30 April 2,628 referrals with suspected first episode psychosis started treatment, of which 1,643 (62.5 per cent) waited two weeks or less.
  • 79.8 per cent of people in contact with adult mental health services at the end of April who had been treated under the Care Programme Approach for twelve months received a review during that time.
  • There were 7,679 open ward stays at the end of April in adult acute mental health inpatient care, and 5,016 open ward stays in specialised adult mental health services. 

Children and young people in contact with mental health services

  • Between 1 February and 30 April 1,838 new referrals for people aged under 19 with eating disorder issues were received.
  • There were 330,964 referrals active at any point during April for people aged under 19, of which 37,596 were new referrals and 33,004 people under 19 were discharged during the month.
  • Of the 1,160,321 in contact with mental health services at the end of April, 250,880 (21.6 per cent) were aged under 19.

People with learning disabilities and/or autism

  • There were 3,425 people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders in hospital at the end of April, of which 1,550 were in a secure setting.
  • Of those people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders in hospital at the end of April, 1,095 (32 per cent) had been in hospital for over 2 years.
  • Of those people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders in hospital at the end of April, 2,445 (71 per cent) were subject to the Mental Health Act.


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Last edited: 10 September 2018 8:30 am