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Publication, Part of

Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics - Final February, Provisional March 2018

Official statistics, Experimental statistics


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 2.0 of the Mental Health Services Dataset (MHSDS).

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.

From May 2018 Learning disabilities and autism service specific statistics will move to its own monthly publication and, as such, be removed from this publication; further information will be available in future publications. If you have any feedback on these proposed changes please send these to with 'MHSDS Monthly' in the subject.

The Mental Health Data Hub was launched In February 2018; the hub brings together information on mental health data into a single place and contains visualisations and time series of select data from within this publication. The hub is available here:

Included in this months publication are two exploratory analyses. The first is an exploratory piece of analysis on bed types and the differing methodologies that can be used for reporting. The second exploratory analysis is an analysis of women in contact with mental health services who were new or expectant mothers between January 2017 and December 2017.

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 February, there were 1,244,507 people in contact with services; the majority of these 1,007,578 were in adult mental health services. There were 190,366 people in contact with children and young people’s mental health services and 85,738 in learning disabilities and autism services .
  • 261,609 new referrals were received into services during February and 1,568,959 care contacts were attended.
  • 20,231 people were subject to the Mental Health Act at the end of February, including 14,650 people detained in hospital.

Adult mental health services

  • Between 1 December and 28 February 3,451 referrals with suspected first episode psychosis started treatment, of which 2,050 (59.4 per cent) waited two weeks or less.
  • 78.4 per cent of people in contact with adult mental health services at the end of February who had been treated under the Care Programme Approach for twelve months received a review during that time.
  • There were 7,622 open ward stays at the end of February in adult acute mental health inpatient care , and 5,627 open ward stays in specialised adult mental health services .

Children and young people in contact with mental health services

  • Between 1 December and 28 February 2,459 new referrals for people aged under 19 with eating disorder issues were received.
  • There were 377,034 referrals active at any point during February for people aged under 19, of which 50,038 were new referrals and 39,754 people under 19 were discharged during the month.
  • Of the 1,181,874 in contact with mental health services at the end of February, 276,629 (23.4 per cent ) were aged under 19.


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