What is the MHSDS?

The Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) collects data from the health records of individual children, young people and adults who are in contact with mental health services.

Submitting data to the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) is mandatory for all organisations receiving funding from the NHS.

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.

Why is it important for IPS services to submit data 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.  

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 please 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.

Access MHSDS Guide

MHSDS IPS Dashboard

You can access the MHSDS IPS Dashboard on the FutureNHS Collaboration Platform. The dashboard is updated monthly 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 to view the IPS dashboard, please request to join here.

Access IPS Dashbaord