Mental Health Services Data Set Version 3

Closed 16 Jul 2017

Opened 19 Jun 2017


Data Coordination Board 

The Data Coordination Board (DCB) has received a request for changes to an information standard, SCCI0011 Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS). As part of the development and assurance process, this consultation seeks feedback on the proposed changes.

Your feedback will be reported back to the DCB which we anticipate will consider the request for change at its meeting in September 2017.

Mental Health Services Data Set

The Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) contains record-level data about the care of children, young people and adults who are in contact with mental health, learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorder services.

More information about the MHSDS can be found on the developer's website; the developer is the Community and Mental Health team within NHS Digital.

Version 3.0 of the MHSDS

The changes included in this release relate to new government policy initiatives; resolution of issues within the current data collection; and inclusion of other key stakeholder requirements as follows:

  • Changes to the data set to enable reporting on access and waiting times for various identified mental health and autistic spectrum disorder pathways
  • Enhance data collection in support of the transition between children and young people’s and adult mental health services
  • Enhance data collection in support of patients living with a learning disability supported in the community
  • Enhanced data collection in support of timely diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder
  • Inclusion of Specialised Commissioning activities to allow the Specialist Commissioning Mental Health data collection to be retired
  • Inclusion of the new Individual Placement Support Service Type
  • Change to support understanding of delayed transfers of care
  • Minor maintenance changes to respond to feedback from the MHSDS v2.0 Data Dictionary Position Statement
  • Operationalisation of fundamental standards:
    • Sexual Orientation Monitoring (SOM)
    • Health and Social Care Organisational Reference Data Set (ODS)
    • Further development of the data set in support of the SNOMED CT standard

Full details of the changes can be found in the draft Change Specification which should be read alongside the draft Data Set and Business Definitions. Links to these documents can be found below.

Please review all documents before answering our questions.

Note that you don't have to complete the questions in one go; it is possible to save your responses for later completion.


The survey is also available as a word document below, please return it:

  • via email stating MHSDS v3.0 Public Consultation in the subject line, or
  • by post FAO of Datasets Development, Community and Mental Health Team, NHS Digital, 1 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds LS1 6AE

Please contact us if you would like us to send you a copy/copies. We can also be contacted on 0300 3035678.


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