This publication provides the most timely 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 non-submissions 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.
• Early release of statistics
To support the ongoing COVID-19 work, Provisional February 2021 monthly statistics were made available early and presented on our supplementary information pages. Please see the 'Supplementary information requests' section below.
• Updates to measures
For details of new measures, or changes to existing measures, see the 'Notes on Measures' page.
Full details of any changes are also available in the associated Metadata file.