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Publication, Part of

Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics: Provisional January 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, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Regions, Country
Date Range:
01 Jan 2016 to 31 Jan 2016


This release presents the first statistics from the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS), using provisional submissions for January 2016. It comprises a small set of experimental analysis in support of the introduction of waiting time standards for mental health. It also includes data quality measures in line with our previous releases from provisional monthly data.

A fuller report, including many of the measures previously produced from final monthly data in the Monthly MHLDS Report series, which this replaces, will be published in April 2016 from January final data. It will also include some initial analysis of information about children's and young people's services. The publication is likely to evolve as new analysis is produced from the dataset.

The MHSDS not only supersedes and replaces the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Dataset but also the following standards:

  • ISB 1072 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) data set
  • ISB 1509 Mental Health Care Cluster
  • ISB 1078 Mental Health Clustering Tool

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.

One of the reasons for changing the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Dataset (MHLDDS) was to enable the dataset to support the monitoring of waiting times in mental health. Due to the extensive nature of the changes required to the underlying dataset it will take some time to re-create all the measures previously included in our monthly reports and some elements will change. Further details are provided in the Methodological Change paper which can be found in the resource links below.

We will release the reports as experimental statistics until the characteristics of data flowed using the new data standard are understood.

Key Facts

All mental health and learning disability services

Provisional submissions for January 2016 were received from 78 mental health and learning disability service providers.

246,428 new referrals into these services took place during January 2016.

Within these services 1,462,057 referrals were open on 31 January 2016:

  • Of these 1,458,279 had a recorded gender, from which 706,914 (48.5%) were male and 751,365 (51.5%) were female
  • 1,461,014 of these referrals had a recorded age. 208,602 (14.3%) were under the age of 18 and 920,667 (63.0%) were aged 35 or over


Services for people with a suspected first episode of psychosis

Of the 246,428 new referrals into services 33,569 (13.6%) had a primary reason for the referral recorded.

Referrals with a primary reason for referral of a suspected first episode of psychosis were received from 25 mental health service providers.

802 new referrals for a suspected first episode of psychosis were received into these services during January 2016.

80 of these referrals entered treatment during January 2016. Of which 74 (92.5%) entered treatment within two weeks of referral and six (7.5%) waited more than two weeks to enter treatment.

329 of these referrals were waiting to enter treatment on 31 January 2016. Of these 122 had been waiting more than two weeks to enter treatment from the date they were originally referred. The remaining 207 were waiting two weeks or less on 31 January and so it is too early to determine if the access and waiting time standard has been exceeded.


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