View the MHMDS statistics
Frequently asked questions
MHMDS statistics

The Mental Health Minimum Dataset (MHMDS) contains record level data about NHS services delivered to over a million people with severe and enduring mental health problems each year between 2003 and 2011.

This website accompanies the Mental Health Bulletin publication and provides trust-level breakdowns for the national statistics presented in the Bulletin.These are shown in as graphics with year on year comparisons.

One of the main purposes of this web site is to enable provider trusts to review and improve their MHMDS data as part of a wider programme of work to develop mental health data that is fit for a range of management and planning purposes. NHS commissioners are encouraged to discuss the trust-level results with their providers.

Understanding the statistics

The statistics are presented as eight separate reports. All England and individual organisation-level figures are provided for each report and, for the organisation-level statistics, the underlying data tables are available to download from the each screen.

Example of the statistics

Example of the output charts for the report, 'Outpatient and community activity', for an individual provider:

Example charts

The chart shows the number of community contacts for multiple years for an individual provider. The results are presented in two ways:

The results for NHS commissioners show an additional comparison with the average for all the selected commissioner's ONS peer group.

As well as viewing the results for each report at organisation-level, you can see the all England statistics (all NHS mental health providers in England) for each report.

Each set of charts for a specific organisation can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet.

What this site can tell you

This site aims to answer, in some cases for the first time, the following:

What this site cannot tell you

The site does not cover the services for people with common mental health problems that are provided in primary care, for example through GP surgeries. Nor can it tell you about specialist mental health services delivered by independent hospitals or through specialist services for children and adolescents.

Information about the prevalence of mental disorders can be found in Adult Psychiatric Morbidity in England, 2007: results of a household survey at: www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/psychiatricmorbidity07.