MHSDS versions 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0: Implementation review

Closed 6 Apr 2018

Opened 8 Mar 2018


Your assistance is sought in understanding the implementation of the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) versions 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0; the Information Standards Notices (ISNs) for these versions were issued between July 2015 and October 2016.

This review will identify if the implementation of versions 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0 have met the purposes of the MHSDS, outlined in the specifications for each version.

The review asks a series of questions covering implementation through to use of the information derived from submissions made. Overlap may exist between each area, as shown in the diagram below which simplifies the process in four steps. Interdependencies exist between each step and each step may impact on each other step.

MHSDS Implementation steps

The questions in the review were developed utilising a combination of prior knowledge derived through the 2016 early review, attendance at recent roadshow events undertaken by the NHS Digital Data Sets Development Service and use of telephone interviews with implementers of the standard.

The questions in the review are for data providers, commissioners and system suppliers who have implemented the MHSDS, but anyone is welcome to respond. You may answer as many or as few of the questions as you want; your contribution is appreciated.

Why We Are Consulting

This review is being conducted by the Data Standards Assurance Service (DSAS); DSAS provide an assurance and appraisal service to the developers of information standards, data collections and extractions who are seeking approval from the Data Coordination Board (DCB). The Data Coordination Board, on behalf of the Digital Delivery Board (DDB), approves the publication of standards for use across health and social care. Find out more about the assurance of standards on the NHS Digital website.  

Analysis of your responses will form the basis of a review report which DSAS will submit to the Data Coordination Board (DCB); all responses will be anonymised in the report. The DCB will use the report to consider strategic issues associated with the MHSDS and your feedback will be used to guide future developments and, where appropriate, assist in making improvements to the MHSDS.



  • All Areas


  • Information providers
  • Information Managers
  • System Suppliers


  • Information Standards
  • Data Collections
  • Mental Health