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.
Included for the first time in this release is an Access and Waiting Times CSV file based on final data for the period 1 - 31 October 2017. This file includes the number of children and young people receiving at least two contacts (including indirect contacts) and where their first contact occurs before their 18th birthday and their second contact occurs during the reporting period. This file has been produced in order to support greater clarity and consistency in reporting local access to mental health services for children and young people. This measure itself is not an assured waiting times indicator for these services.
In the Final July, Provisional August 2017 edition of this publication NHS Digital included a new measure of referrals starting in the reporting period, aged 0-18, with any one or more SNOMED Codes and valid PERS score from MH Assessment Scale Current View (MHS68). The purpose of this measure is to understand the current levels of recording of these outcomes measurements for children and young people in order to support the future reporting of mental health services outcomes for this group. Initial feedback from users has highlighted improvements that can be made to the methodology used in this measure. Specifically the limitation that the assessment must take place in the same month that the referral is received by the service provider may exclude a number of assessments taking place at the time of the first contact between the clinician and the service user. For this reason NHS Digital propose to change this measure in future editions of this publication series to include any Current View assessments that take place as part of any referral for this group open during the reporting period. If you have any feedback on these proposed changes please send these to email@example.com with 'MHSDS Monthly - Current View' in the subject.
Correction: The statistics relating to Children and Young People Receiving a Second Contact With Services were corrected on 9 February 2018. These statistics are meant to count people as accessing services in each financial year where they have received two care contacts. The statistics released originally incorrectly excluded people who accessed services in in a previous financial year. NHS Digital apologises for any inconvenience caused.
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.