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Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics: Final December 2016, Provisional January 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 Oct 2016 to 31 Dec 2016


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

Mental health, learning disabilities and autism services

  • At the end of December, there were 1,210,478 people in contact with services; the majority of these (1,019,206) were in adult mental health services. There were 142,651 people in contact with children and young people's mental health services and 74,990 in learning disabilities and autism services.
  • During December, 233,261 new referrals were received into services and 1,331,820 care contacts were attended.
  • 20,386 people were subject to the Mental Health Act at the end of December, including 14,764 people detained in hospital.

Adult mental health services

  • Between 1 October and 31 December final data shows that 2,499 referrals with suspected first episode psychosis started treatment, of which 1,613 (64.5 per cent) waited two weeks or less.
  • 83.7 per cent of people in contact with adult mental health services at the end of December who had been treated under the Care Programme Approach for the last twelve months received a review during that time.
  • There were 7,308 open ward stays at the end of December in adult acute mental health inpatient care, and 5,411 open ward stays in specialised adult mental health services.

Children and young people in contact with mental health services

  • Between 1 October and 31 December final data shows that 1,428 new referrals for people aged under 19 with eating disorder issues were received.
  • There were 302,399 referrals active at any point during December for people aged under 19, of which 37,324 were new referrals and 32,162 people under 19 were discharged during the month.
  • Of the 1,153,784 in contact with mental health services at the end of December, 232,025 (20.1 per cent) were aged under 19.

People with learning disabilities and/or autism

  • There were 11,335 new referrals for people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders in December, with 138,920 open referrals at the end of the month.
  • There were 3,745 people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders in hospital at the end of December, of which 1,755 were in a secure setting.
  • Of those people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders in hospital at the end of December, 1,625 were in hospital within 10km of their home, whereas 430 had travelled over 50km.


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Last edited: 10 September 2018 8:12 am