This statistical release makes available the most recent Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Dataset (MHLDDS) final monthly data (August 2015). This publication presents a wide range of information about care delivered to users of NHS funded secondary mental health and learning disability services in England.
The scope of the Mental Health Minimum Dataset (MHMDS) was extended to cover Learning Disability services from September 2014. Many people who have a learning disability use mental health services and people in learning disability services may have a mental health problem. This means that activity included in the new MHLDDS dataset cannot be distinctly divided into mental health or learning disability spells of care – a single spell of care may include inputs from either of both types of service. We will be working with stakeholders to define specific information and reporting requirements relating to specific services or groups of patients.
Four new measures have been added to this release to help with interpretation of the data. At local level these contextual figures will provide an indication of the increased caseload that could be attributed to the extension of the dataset to cover LD services. Information on these measures can found in the Announcement of Change paper which accompanies this release.
The Currencies and Payment file that forms part of this release is specifically limited to services in scope for currencies and payment in mental health services and remains unchanged.
This information will be of particular interest to organisations involved in delivering secondary mental health and learning disability care to adults and older people, as it presents timely information to support discussions between providers and commissioners of services. The MHLDS Monthly Report also includes reporting by local authority for the first time.
For patients, researchers, agencies, and the wider public it aims to provide up to date information about the numbers of people using services, spending time in hospital and subject to the Mental Health Act (MHA). Some of these measures are currently experimental analysis.
The Currency and Payment (CaP) measures can be found in a separate machine-readable data file and may also be accessed via an on-line interactive visualisation tool that supports benchmarking.