The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)’s monthly Mental Health Minimum Data Set (MHMDS) covers services provided in hospitals, in outpatient clinics and in the community. The monthly reports assemble statistical information from the mental health care pathway, as captured on clinical systems.
“The Mental Health Minimum Data Set MHMDS contains record-level data about the care of adults and older people using secondary mental health services. In 2013-14, over a third of the people in the MHMDS were over the age of 65… These reports include the number of admissions in a month and the amount of contact people have with doctors, nurses, and psychologists. These measures are broken down by care cluster groups of people with similar needs. One group of care clusters relates to people with organic mental health needs caused by a medical or physical disease, the majority of which will have dementia”.
The latest MHMDS statistical release covers June 2014 (final data) and July 2014 (provisional data). This information is relevant to organisations delivering secondary mental health care to adults and older people, as it includes the ten national quality and outcome indicators for the implementation of currencies and payments in mental health.
Patients, researchers and the wider public may find it of interest as an up-to-date information source for the numbers of people using mental health services, spending time in psychiatric hospitals and subject to the Mental Health Act (MHA).
Monthly Mental Health Minimum Data Set (MHMDS) Reports, England – June 2014 summary statistics and related information. Leeds: Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), September 26th 2014.