Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS)

What is the MHSDS?

The Mental Health Services Dataset (MHSDS) is a national-level dataset which records information on people in contact with mental health, learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorder services. That includes all IPS services.

The submitted data is analysed and used to create reports about service quality which are then shared with the submitting service provider and their stakeholders.

Submitting data to the MHSDS is mandatory for all organisations receiving funding from the NHS.

Why is it important for IPS services to submit to the MHSDS?

NHS England is currently investing in the world’s largest scale-up of IPS services. The Long Term Plan (LTP) commits to expanding access to IPS to 115,000 people by 2029.  Currently, IPS progress towards the Long Term Plan is tracked through 2 sources:

  • Quarterly returns submissions via Excel template or IPS Grow reporting tool
  • Monthly MHSDS submissions

Starting 2021, the MHSDS will become the primary data source for NHS England to monitor the success of the IPS scale-up progress towards the 115,000 access target. It is therefore crucial that you are able to submit your data to the MHSDS by 2021, so that NHS England can continue to track the success of IPS.

To ensure that NHS England has the full picture of how many people are being supported into work through IPS services you should ideally report outcomes for all your posts, not just those funded by NHS England.

IPS Grow have produced guidance for IPS services which can be accessed below. In order to gain further details regarding Data and Reporting in IPS pleaes register to join the IPS workspace on the FutureNHS Collaboration Platform.

MHSDS - Guidance for IPS Services

This guidance has been developed by IPS Grow, a programme commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement to support the growth of IPS. IPS Grow is led by Social Finance in partnership with a consortium of IPS experts.

MHSDS IPS Dashboard

Access the MHSDS IPS Dashboard on the FutureNHS Collaboration Platform here. The dashboard is updated months and includes a range of information on the coverage, quality, and consistency of IPS data submitted to the MHSDS.

If you don't have access to the IPS workspace on the FutureNHS Collaboration Platform, request to join here.

Additional IPS Data & Reporting Resources:

IPS Reporting Tool

The   IPS   Grow  Reporting  Tool  helps   IPS  Services manage their data and report to different stakeholders.

Standard Spreadsheet

The IPS Grow Standard Spreadsheet is..

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