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Information published for first time about repeat use of the Mental Health Act

May 20, 2014

Information is released for the first time today about the number of adults subject to repeat use of detentions and short term orders2 under the Mental Health Act.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has published new analysis about the number of adults subject to more than one detention or short term order during 2012-13.

The analysis includes regional variation across clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England and sheds new light on:

  • The number of orders and detentions made under the Mental Health Act.
  • The number of adults subject to a detention or order.
  • The total number of orders and detentions per 100,000 of the population.
  • The total number of orders and detentions per adult within the year.

This information, which accompanies the HSCIC's monthly Mental Health Minimum Data Set (MHMDS) publication about adult mental health services, provides information about rates of detention and use of short term orders by age group, ethnic group and for different regions of the country.

The full report is available here: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/mhmdsfeb14

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Notes to editors

1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 220 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.

2. The definitions of detentions and short term orders are those used in the National Statistics publication: Inpatients formally detained in hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983, and patients subject to supervised community treatment (http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB12745), to ensure comparability where equivalent measures are available:

  • Detentions comprise compulsory admissions to hospital under Part 11 and Part 111 of the Mental Health Act (including detentions subsequent to admission to hospital) and detentions following a place of safety order or revocation of a Community Treatment Order.
  • Short term orders comprise emergency admissions under Part11, section 4, holding orders under section 5(2) and 5(4), place of safety orders (sections 135 and 136) and recalls from Community Treatment Orders (CTO). Recalls from CTOs have been added to the uses of The Act grouped as 'short term orders' after consultation with stakeholders, although in past National Statistics publications they have been shown separately..

3. Mental health services are not the only healthcare settings where the Mental Health Act is used and so the figures in this special feature do not provide comprehensive coverage of uses of The Act.

4. The report includes some comparative figures from other data sources to highlight areas of variation and information on data quality to inform interpretation. This information suggests that the MHMDS figures represent 70-75% of detentions and short term orders that occurred under the Mental Health Act in 2012/13.

5. For media enquiries please contact media@hscic.gov.uk or 0300 303 3888

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