Mental Health Services Data Set Version 5.0 Public Consultation Questionnaire

Closed 29 Jan 2021

Opened 12 Jan 2021


Mental Health Services Data Set

The MHSDS is a person 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 who are in contact with mental health, learning disability and autism services located in England or located outside England but treating patients commissioned by an English CCG or NHS England specialised commissioner or an NHS-led Provider Collaborative.

As a secondary uses data set it re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care, for example: commissioning, service improvement and service design. It defines the data items, definitions and associated value sets extracted or derived from local information systems

More information about the MHSDS can be found on the developer's website; the developer is the Data Set Development Service within NHS Digital.

Data Coordination Board 

The Data Coordination Board (DCB) has received a request for changes to an information standard, DCB0011 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 March 2021.

Version 5.0 of the MHSDS

Changes are required to MHSDS v4.1 to ensure that the data set remains 'fit for purpose'.

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. In summary, the changes in v5.0 are as follows:

  • Deletion of data items that are no longer required within the data set, following comprehensive review with data submitters and data consumers
  • Inclusion of further specialised mental health (SMH) commissioning data fields to allow the separate overlapping SMH Data Set to be retired
  • Inclusion of further Transforming Care data requirements to support reporting of learning disability and autism care services. This includes additional fields from the SCCI2007 Assuring Transformation (AT) collection to support a longer term hybrid MHSDS:AT model which has minimised duplication of content and is collected from the provider or commissioner appropriately.
  • Updating the data set in line with new and evolving models of care, such as community crisis and internet enabled therapy services
  • Improved monitoring of access to specialist community perinatal mental health services by patients and their partners
  • Clarification to the data set scope to ensure consistent inclusion criteria are applied across services
  • Amendments to support reporting in line with the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983 recommendations
  • Additional data fields for the uses of restrictive interventions to support reporting for the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018
  • Improvements to the Protected Characteristic data items to better reflect the population, such as inclusion of a placeholder for Ethnic Category 2021 and a move to Gender Identity Code
  • Various code and definition updates to better reflect the delivery of care, such as to Hospital Bed Types
  • Updates in line with recent and wider NHS Data Model & Dictionary developments

Full details of the changes can be found in the draft Change Specification which should be read alongside the draft Data Set Specification. A link to these documents can be found below.

Additional information including details followiing our previous consultation webinars, can be found on the NHS Digital Events pages: Mental health services events - NHS Digital

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 to: stating MHSDS v5.0 Public Consultation in the subject line, or
  • by post FAO of Dataset Development Service, Data Content and New Data Collections, NHS Digital, 1 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds LS1 6AE

We can also be contacted on 0300 3035678 for further support.

Why your views matter

As part of the application to obtain approval from the Data Coordination Board (DCB), we are asking for feedback on our proposals for MHSDS Version 5.0.

Extensive engagement has already taken place. However, we would now like any interested parties to participate and provide feedback with regard to the technical solution, before version 5.0 is finalised.

Consultation feedback will be reported back to the DCB before publication of an Information Standards Notice (ISN) is agreed.

This consultation runs until 29 January 2021.

Please review the following documents before answering our consultation questions.

These are available in the Related Documents section below.


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