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Annual figures on mental health, learning disability and autism services have been published today by NHS Digital.
The Mental Health Bulletin 2018-19 covers NHS funded secondary care and provides a picture of people referred for treatment or assessment to mental health services in England.
Included in the report is a count of people who have an open referral at some point during 2018-19, regardless of them accessing treatment during that period.
The data is broken down into age, gender, ethnicity and deprivation demographics.
Notes for editors
A person is considered to be referred for treatment or assessment if they have had an open referral with secondary mental health, learning disabilities and autism services during 2018-19. This is described as being 'in contact with services' in the full report. As well as covering people who underwent treatment, this may include referrals which did not result in an attendance with a service or treatment being received. People known to be in contact with NHS funded secondary mental health, learning disabilities and autism services are those who have had information about their care submitted to the Mental Health Services Dataset (MHSDS) by their service provider.
This report is based on submissions made using version 3.0 of the Mental Health Services Dataset (MHSDS), which was introduced on 1 April 2018. The MHSDS was introduced on 1 January 2016 and superseded the following standards: Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Dataset (MHLDDS), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Dataset, Mental Health Care Cluster and Mental Health Clustering Tool
People known to be in contact with NHS funded secondary mental health, learning disabilities and autism services are those who have had information about their care submitted to the Mental Health Services Dataset (MHSDS) by their service provider
Some providers of services in scope for this collection did not provide one or more submissions during this financial year. Details of how the information presented in this report can be interpreted considering these issues can be found in the full report. It is likely that the level of coverage of mental health services for children and young people in the source of these statistics is good but lower than that for adult mental health or learning disabilities and autism services. These statistics may undercount people aged under 18 in comparison to people aged 18 or over, as such comparisons between these two groups may under-estimate the younger group.
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