Mental Health Services Data Set Version 6.0 Public Consultation Questionnaire (Part2)

Closed 15 Feb 2023

Opened 18 Jan 2023


About the 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 Integrated Care Board (ICB) 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 can be found on the MHSDS web pages

Data Alliance Partnership Board 

The Data Alliance Partnership Board (DAPB) oversees the assurance and approval of information standards, data collections and data extractions (ISCE) across health and adult social care.

The DAPB has received a request for changes to an information standard, DCB0011 Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS).

Version 6.0 of the MHSDS

Changes are required to MHSDS v5.0 to ensure that the data set remains 'fit for purpose'.

In July 2022 NHS Digital ran an online consultation to gain feedback on the changes proposed for the MHSDS v6 uplift. The consultation was open from 25 July to 22 August 2022.

At the time of consultation, the proposed go-live date of MHSDS v6 for data collection was April 2023. However, the go-live date for MHSDS v6 was subsequently delayed and we were able to open the requirements window for a second time and gather additional requirements. We also added some changes back into the uplift that we’d originally pushed back for MHSDS v7. 

This consultation will focus on the additional requirements submitted during this time and any changes to original requirements that require consultation. 

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 additional changes proposed for v6.0 are as follows:

Larger changes

  • addition of Bed Availability data items to be added to the new Ward Details data table
  • addition of Presenting Complaints data table and removal of Provisional Diagnosis table
  • addition of Learning Disability and Autism flags in the MHS001 Master Patient Index (MPI) data table
  • addition of eMED3 Fit Notes data table
  • addition of Langage Code (Treatment) data item to the Care Contact table
  • addition of 'DATA ABSENT REASON (FHIR R4)' alongside each SNOMED CT data item

Smaller changes

  • TREATMENT FUNCTION CODE (MENTAL HEALTH) to be added to the new MHS903 Ward Details table
  • replace code 'F04 Veterans Complex Treatment Service​' with new 'Veterans Integrated Treatment Service' code in SERVICE OR TEAM TYPE REFERRED TO (MENTAL HEALTH)
  • addition of ‘Employment Support’ code to M101080 PRIMARY REASON FOR REFERRAL (MENTAL HEALTH)'
  • addition of 'Functional and Organic team' code to 'SERVICE OR TEAM TYPE REFERRED TO (MENTAL HEALTH)'

Changes to guidance only

  • new guidance for capturing asylum seeker status
  • changes to settled / non-settled accommodation definitions

New outcome measures

  • A list of the new outcome measures requested for MHSDS v6

Further information

Each question has a 'More information' section that provides context and details of the proposed changes. The following supporting documentation is also available to view in the 'Related documents' section below:

  • draft technical output specification
  • MHSDS v6 requirements tracker
  • MHSDS v6 consultation (July 2022) we asked, you said, we did feedback document 

Why your views matter

As part of the application to obtain approval from the DAPB, we are asking for feedback on our proposals for MHSDS Version 6.0.

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 6.0 is finalised.

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

This consultation runs until 15 February 2023.

Completion guidance 

When completing this questionnaire, please note the following:

  • answer all questions as relevant and provide further detail where applicable
  • you don't have to complete the questions in one go; it is possible to save your responses for later completion
  • one response should be submitted per organisation, this can be a collective response, with input gathered from multiple teams in one submission 



  • MHSDS v6 provider and supplier consultation webinar

    From 20 Jan 2023 at 14:00 to 24 Jan 2023 at 16:00

    For further details go to:

  • MHSDS v6 provider and supplier consultation webinar

    From 24 Jan 2023 at 13:30 to 24 Jan 2023 at 15:30

    For further details go to:


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