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Collecting information from mental health service providers

The NHS Information Centre manages a number of data collections relating to mental health on behalf of Department of Health.

For example, the KP90 and Guardianship returns are used to provide annual statistics about uses of the Mental Health Act 1983 and have been established for many years.

Hospital activity data provides information through HES about people being treated in hospital or as outpatients under Mental Health related specialities or diagnosed with mental health problems.

More recently the organisation has inherited the Mental Health Minimum Dataset (MHMDS) which brings together administrative and clinical information about people using specialist NHS mental health services for adults and older people. The link on the left provides further information for trusts that submit MHMDS.

However it is widely accepted that centrally collected and collated information regarding Mental Health services has not kept pace with policy changes or changes in clinical practice. The NHS Information Centre is committed to rectifying this position and is currently undertaking an Information Review covering all aspects of Mental Health - all ages and all care settings.