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Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics, Performance December 2021, Provisional January 2022

Official statistics, Experimental statistics

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Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics, Performance December 2021, Provisional January 2022


MHSDS version change

This is the 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.

10 March 2022 09:30 AM

Issue with MHSDS Monthly: Performance December 2021 Restrictive Interventions CSV file

An issue has been identified in the data contained within the Provider; Specialised Commissioning Service; Restrictive Intervention Type; Gender of the MHSDS Monthly: Performance December 2021 Restrictive Interventions CSV file.  As a result, this breakdown has been removed from the file and it will be reinstated once the issue has been resolved.  NHS Digital apologises for any inconvenience.

14 April 2022 09:36 AM

Summary

This publication provides the timeliest picture available of people using NHS funded secondary mental health, learning disabilities and autism services in England. These are experimental statistics which are undergoing development and evaluation. 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 made available later in our Mental Health Bulletin: Annual Report publication series.


COVID-19 and the production of statistics

Due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) disruption, the quality and coverage of some of our statistics has been affected, for example by an increase in nonsubmissions for some datasets. We are also seeing some different patterns in the submitted data. For example, fewer patients are being referred to hospital and more appointments being carried out via phone/telemedicine/email. Therefore, data should be interpreted with care over the COVID-19 period.

Updates to measures

For details of new measures recently introduced, or changes to existing measures, see the 'Notes on measures' page. There were no new measures released as part of this publication. Full details of any changes are also available in the associated Metadata file.

72 hour follow ups

An error has been found in the metrics relating to 72 hour follow ups. As part of the change to MHSDS version 5, the Discharge Destination code 38 (prison or police station) was split into two codes, code 40 and 42 (Penal establishment and Police Station / Police Custody Suite). These code changes were not implemented in the initial update of MHSDS metrics. The list of metrics that have been impacted is as follows: 

MHS78 - Discharges eligible for 72 hour follow up in RP

MHS79 - Number of 72 hour follow ups in RP

MHS80 - Percentage of 72 hour follow ups in RP

This error caused MHS78 and MHS79 to be over reported by around 0.1%. Given the small difference, publications will not be amended retrospectively for this. MHSDS data is subject to the Multiple Submission Window Model which means that a final annual position will be published with this amendment and any changes to data from provider resubmissions enacted.

It is also planned that the methodology for 72 hour follow up metrics will be reviewed in the new financial year with a view to changing the way that discharges with no recorded discharge destination are handled.

Key Facts

1.49 million people were in contact with mental health services, at the end of December

The majority of these (1,007,387) were in contact with adult services

355,807 people were in contact with children and young people’s mental health services, at the end of December

175,083 people were in contact with learning disabilities and autism services, at the end of December

339,847 new referrals were received, and 1.83 million care contacts were attended, during December

20,894 people were subject to the Mental Health Act, including 15,647 people detained in hospital, at the end of December


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