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.