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Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics: Final March 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, Ambulance Trusts, NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Regions, Country
Date Range:
01 Jan 2016 to 31 Jan 2016


This release presents experimental statistics from the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS), using final submissions for March 2016.
This is the fourth 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. It also includes some new measures. 
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 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.

This release of final data for March 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 final data for the period 1 January 2016 to 31 March 2016. In addition to National and Provider level, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) level statistics are included in this release for the first time.
- A monthly data file which presents 90 measures 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.

- Exploratory analysis of the coverage and completeness of information regarding people in contact with perinatal mental health services, and of the use of SNOMED CT  within MHSDS.
- A set of provider level data quality measures.
- 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.


Submissions for March 2016 were received from 90 service providers. Experimental analysis of this data shows that at the end of March 2016:

  • 1,198,705 people were in contact with mental health or learning disabilities services. Of these 1,152,261 were in contact with mental health services and 60,621 were in contact with learning disabilities services. These two combined are higher than the total, as a person may be in contact with both services.

Amongst those in contact with mental health services at the end of the month:

  • 1,047,238 people were in contact with adult mental health services and 111,908 people were in contact with a mental health service for children and young people (CYP), including CAMHS. Some people appeared to be in contact with both adult and CYP services.
  • 928,348 people were aged 19 or over and 223,680 were aged under 19.
  • 13,437 people were subject to the Mental Health Act
  • This figure included 9,021 people detained in hospital, of which 175 were aged under 18 and 1,404 were aged 65 or over
  • 64.3 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 6,007 open ward stays in adult acute mental health inpatient care. Of these, for the patients for whom the distance travelled could be calculated, 221 were receiving care 50km or more away from their home postcode.
  • There were 4,072 open ward stays in adult specialist mental health services. Of these, for whom the distance travelled could be calculated, 707 were receiving care 50km or more away from their home postcode.

During March 2016:

  • 241,040 new referrals were received and 1,368,728 care contacts were attended.

Between 1 January and 31 March 2016 final data shows:

  • 613 new referrals for people aged under 19 with eating disorder issues were received
  • 3,025 new referrals for people with suspected first episode psychosis were received
  • 751 referrals with suspected first episode psychosis commenced treatment, of which 527 (70.2 per cent) waited two weeks or less
  • Among those who were receiving treatment for a suspected first episode psychosis 67 (10.3 per cent) were under 18 years old.


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