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Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics , Performance August, Provisional September 2023

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Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics , Performance August, Provisional September 2023

Revised Out of Area Placements (OAPS) CSV files

A minor duplication issue has been identified affecting the 'MHSDS Monthly: Performance August 2023 Out of Area Placements' and 'MHSDS Monthly: Provisional September 2023 Out of Area Placements' CSV files originally published on 9th November 2023.

This has now been resolved and the corresponding version 2 of both files are available under 'Resource' below.

NHS England apologies for any inconvenience caused.

14 November 2023 10:16 AM


This publication provides the timeliest picture available of people using 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. More detailed information on the quality and completeness of these statistics is available in the Data Quality section, as well as within the Data Coverage and Data Quality VODIM and Integrity files available under 'Resources'.

New metrics

As part of the Performance August 2023 publication, 12 new metrics have been added.  Metrics MHS124 to MHS129 relate to longest waits for adults, whilst metrics MHS130 to MHS135 relate to longest waits for children and young people.

Full details are available in the Metadata file and Mental Health Services publication list.

Changing the submission windows for the Mental Health Services Data

To provide more timely statistics in the Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics publication series, from October 2023 activity, revised submission windows will be introduced to support a move to reporting performance data in the month following activity.  Editions of the series from the December 2023 publication onwards will be affected by this change, however this edition of the series is unaffected.

From December each publication page will contain data relating to one month only. On December 14th 2023, September 2023 performance and October 2023 performance publications will be published. The September 2023 performance will contain all data relating to the reporting period in it.

For October 2023, this publication will not contain restraints data as the restraints data is being published in the second month following the activity. Therefore the October 2023 publication will have the restraints data added to it on January 11th 2024. On this day we will also publish November 2023 data, again omitting the restraints data initially with it being added in February 2024.

Consultation regarding removing metrics MHS92, MHS93 and MHS94

Following the release of the new CYP Outcomes metrics in the April 2023 Performance publication, NHS England are consulting users of these statistics to see if it is appropriate to remove the metrics MHS92 to MHS94. These metrics relate to people with a paired score whose referral has been open for at least 14 days. The new metrics remove the stipulation for the referral to be open for at least 14 days and as such it has been felt that these metrics are no longer needed. If users still use these metrics, please let us know via the Survey link on this page.

Access the code used to create this report

The code used to create the outputs for this report is available on our NHS Digital GitHub webpage.

Click here to access the code

Key Facts

1.76 million people were in contact with mental health services, at the end of August

The majority of these (1,153,225) were in contact with adult services

414,550 people were in contact with children and young people’s mental health services, at the end of August

252,361 people were in contact with learning disabilities and autism services, at the end of August

386,157 new referrals were received, and 1.97 million care contacts were attended, during August

21,620 people were subject to the Mental Health Act, including 16,450 people detained in hospital, at the end of August

Mental Health Services Time Series Dashboard

The Mental Health Services Time Series Dashboard provides time series data for a number of key metrics within the publication with data dating back to April 2016. The dashboard also presents visuals for the demographic breakdowns alongside a small number of metrics shown at CCG / Sub ICB level.

The underlying data has also been made available in CSV format.  Please refer to 'MHSDS Monthly: Time Series Data for Selected MHSDS Measures, April 2016 to Performance August 2023 CSV' available under 'Resources'.

This tool is in Microsoft Power BI which does not fully support all accessibility needs. If you need further assistance, please contact us for help.

This is the twenty-third monthly release using data collected under MHSDS version 5.  Please refer to the January 2022 publication for an outline of the changes to the dataset introduced by the move to MHSDS version 5.  Full details of the changes to the dataset are available in the Technical Output Specification and the updated constructions for all measures in this publication are available in the metadata file.

Last edited: 16 November 2023 10:45 am