hscicThe Mental Health Minimum Data Set is to be published monthly rather than quarterly from now on, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has announced.

The Data Set provides information about mental health services provided in hospitals, outpatient clinics and community settings.

By going monthly, the Mental Health Minimum Data Set report will provide more timely data and a wider range of information, including monthly monitoring of the number people subject to the Mental Health Act, which includes people detained or under a Community Treatment Order.

The new reports will provide providers and commissioners with improved information about caseload and activity, enabling them to assess and compare the quality of care and plan future services.