Mental Health Services Data Set Overview

Contextual Overview

The Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) is a PATIENT level, output based, secondary uses data set which aims to deliver robust, comprehensive, nationally consistent and comparable person-based information for children, young people and adults (including elderly people) who are in contact with specialist secondary Mental Health Services located in England, or located outside England but treating PATIENTS commissioned by an English Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) or NHS England specialised commissioner.

As a secondary uses data set, the Mental Health Services Data Set re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct PATIENT care and defines the data items, definitions and associated value sets to be extracted or derived from local information systems.

All ACTIVITY relating to PATIENTS who receive specialist secondary Mental Health Services and have, or are thought to have:

is within scope of the Mental Health Services Data Set.

The scope of the Mental Health Services Data Set requires PATIENT record level data submission from SERVICES as follows:

For each PATIENT attending a SERVICE located in England:

For each PATIENT attending a SERVICE located outside England, but commissioned by an English Clinical Commissioning Group or NHS England specialised commissioner:

The Mental Health Services Data Set is used across the range of Health Care Providers and Organisations that provide specialist secondary mental health and/or Learning Disabilities and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder SERVICES (irrespective of funding arrangements) including:

Submission information

The Mental Health Services Data Set is submitted centrally via the Data Processing Services (DPS) maintained by NHS Digital.

Further guidance

Further information regarding the structure and submission of the Mental Health Services Data Set can be found on the NHS Digital website at: Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS).