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First report released from Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Data Set

The first report from the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Data Set (MHLDDS) has been released today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

The scope of the Mental Health Minimum Data Set (MHMDS)2 was expanded from September 2014 to ensure that information about people in contact with learning disability services is recorded as part of the dataset for the first time3. It was renamed the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Data Set to reflect this change.

Today's report, Mental Health and Learning Disability Statistics: October 20144, makes available the most recent Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Statistics (MHLDS) monthly report and presents a wide range of information about care delivered to users of NHS funded secondary mental health and learning disabilities services for adults in England. Data are presented by local authority level for the first time, as well as by clinical commissioning group (CCG), provider and CCG/provider combinations.

The report also includes a special feature, Monthly MHLDS Reports - A special feature on the distance to treatment for people in hospital. This provides experimental analysis on the distance people have travelled to be treated as an inpatient in England using new information about hospital sites, which was added as part of the changes to the MHMDS.

The data on distance to treatment are broken down by a variety of variables including:

  • Mean and median distance, along with distance bands
  • Gender
  • Bed type
  • Age group
  • Ethnicity
  • Care cluster
  • Mental Health Act status
  • Commissioner
  • Provider and hospital
  • Length of stay

You can view the full report at: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/mhldjan15

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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 MHLDDS is a regular return of data generated by NHS funded services providing adult secondary mental health and learning disability services. The MHLDDS replaced the Mental Health Minimum Dataset in September 2014, which had been mandated for NHS providers since April 2003 and from April 2011 for Independent Sector providers.

3. Information about people in contact with learning disability was often included in the MHMDS, where a person was also in contact with mental health services. From September 2014, the MHLDDS expanded to include people who are only in contact with learning disability services.

4. This release also includes data for September 2014, as these were postponed to accommodate the changes in processing resulting from the changes to the dataset.

5. For media enquiries please contact media@hscic.gov.uk or 0300 30 33 888.

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