Mental Health Services Data Set Version 6.0 Public Consultation Questionnaire

Closed 22 Aug 2022

Opened 25 Jul 2022


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) 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 DAPB which will consider the request for change.

Version 6.0 of the MHSDS

Changes are required to MHSDS v5.0 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 v6.0 are as follows:

  • Deletion of data items and tables that are no longer required within the data set including the Pilot Currency table, CPA tables (subject to consultation) and Care Cluster tables. 
  • Addition of new data tables to capture ward details, staff details and service details so that this information is only flowed as one record per service, rather than being connected to a patient
  • Addition of a new Self-Directed Digital Intervention table to identify where services are supporting patients to use these interventions as part of their care.
  • Enable linkage with the Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration (EPMA) data set to flow prescription data
  • Review of the Referral to Treatment (RTT) table as NHS England wish to push forward with obtaining RTT data from patient-level flows. If the RTT table is not removed for v6 due to requirements for submission in the RTT standard, it will be made Optional and providers will no longer have to submit this table. 
  • Relocation of data items based on feedback and consultation
  • Updates to names and definitions to align with other data sets
  • Updates in line with recent and wider NHS Data Model & Dictionary developments.

Full details of the changes can be found within the slides shared during previous consultation webinars (held on our events webpage via the link below), within the draft Change Specification and within the draft Data Set Specification. 

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

Note that 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.

If you require the survey in an alternative format, please contact us via e-mail. 

Why your views matter

As part of the application to obtain approval from the Data Alliance Partnership Board (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 22 August 2022.

The following supporting documentation is available to view in the 'Related' information section below:

  • Draft Change Specification
  • Draft Data Set Specification

Information on the consultation webinars that took place on 13 and 27 July is available on the NHS Digital events webpage: Mental health services events - NHS Digital



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