Mental health dashboard update – September 2017
- This is the fourth roll out of data from the mental health dashboard, covering the period from January to March 2017 (Q4 2016/17).
- The dashboard is intended to help monitor progress against the delivery of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.
- Overall, this publication shows that while progress is being made in some areas, there is still much work to be done to achieve our ambitions for transforming mental health services in the next five years.
- It is important to note that this dashboard will continue to evolve in line with our work to improve the quality and accuracy of data on mental health services.
Actual mental health spend for 2016/17 shown nationally, by region, CCG and STP.
About the dashboard
The Mental Health Five Year Forward View Dashboard, published in October 2016, is a response to the recommendation in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health that NHS England create a tool “that will identify metrics for monitoring key performance and outcomes data and that that will allow us to hold national and local bodies to account for implementing this strategy.”
It includes a suite of metrics based on the proposals in the Implementation Plan and is structured around the core elements of the mental health programme:
- children and young people’s mental health
- perinatal mental health
- adult mental health: common mental health problems
- adult mental health: community, acute and crisis care
- secure care pathway
- health and justice
- suicide prevention.
In line with the recommendation in the review, the dashboard also includes metrics on employment and settled housing outcomes for people with mental health problems.
A key purpose of the dashboard is for NHS England and the Five Year Forward View Programme Board to be able to monitor progress on its commitments to transform mental health services. Additionally, by making the data publically available, we are ensuring that commissioners can use it as a tool to inform their work and that services users and their families and carers can see how local services are performing and understand where to look to make informed choices about their care.
The starting point for development has been the 25 high-level recommendations for NHS England from theMental Health Taskforce, with independent advice from the Five Year Forward View Independent Advisory and Oversight Group, chaired by Paul Farmer.
Where possible, data is drawn from published datasets and is available at the national level, with scope for regional breakdown. The content will be developed in waves as defined by data availability and updated in line with developments in the mental health programme.
Due to the lack of robust data in mental health, the first iteration of the dashboard contains several ‘placeholder’ indicators which will be populated as changes to the Mental Health Minimum Dataset and supplementary data collections in priority areas come on line over the course of the coming year. In addition, there are a number of areas where we have identified a requirement to include a measure of performance and progress, but the exact measures to be used for this are yet to be fully defined. These are listed in the dashboard under ‘indicators in development’. This list could be added to over time in response to the work being developed and emerging priorities. The dashboard will be updated quarterly.