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.
This edition includes statistics produced for the Five Year Forward View (FYFV) for Mental Health Dashboard. These can be found in the Children and Young People's Mental Health Indicators Reference Tables and Adult Mental Health Services Selected NHS England Measures Reference Tables. This information has been previously made available on the NHS Digital Supplementary Information web page. The format of reporting of these statistics will be updated in future releases to improve clarity and accessibility. More information about the FYFV Dashboard can be found in the Related Links below.
Statistics for the number of people under the age of 18 being treated on adult wards have not been included in the Children and young people mental health indicators reference tables in this edition. These statistics represent a small number of people, as such data quality issues in particular providers submissions can have a large impact. South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust have reported data quality errors in the August 2017 submission. An unexpected change in system configuration has resulted in a children's ward been incorrectly classified as an adult ward, resulting in high figures of people under 18 on an adult ward. Assurance processes are being tightened by the Trust to prevent this issue reoccurring. While the impact of these error are being understood these statistics have been removed from this report. NHS Digital will provide an update on the availability of these statistics by 31 December 2017.
Correction: The statistics relating to Children and Young People Mental Health Indicators 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.