Care should be taken when interpreting these statistics as the data quality of provisional data is not as complete as performance data and it will cover a lower set of providers. As such the data will be limited to providing a large sample of provider activity across the country but not a full national picture. This is because provisional data is based on the initial submission from providers to the MHSDS. The submission process encourages one month for an initial submission and a second month for more complete submissions where data quality and completeness can be improved. There is no obligation to provide the primary submission and so a number of providers provide a single submission in the second month. The earlier primary submission is used to provide more timely information on service activity.
The usual, accompanying data quality and guidance information is not included here. This information will be published alongside these statistics (and others) in the Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics Performance October, Provisional November 2020 publication released Thursday 14/01/2021.