Mental Health Watch

We’ve re-launched our powerful data website Mental Health Watch, which allows you and everyone interested in mental health care to monitor how well the mental health system in England is performing.

Whatever your interest in mental health care, Mental Health Watch can help you track trends and assess progress - locally, regionally and across the country.

Following its launch in June 2019, Mental Health Watch was visited by thousands of people and many raised the issues they identified on the site with their MPs – or used the information in other ways, to lobby for better mental health care and support for care.

During the pandemic, the College has been upgrading the site and if you visit it today you can see:

  • New: Local reports for each of the 42 Integrated Care System areas, to help you track performance against key indicators, and download / print off the report if you wish.
  • Updated: Our latest policy report, which looks at how services have fared during the pandemic and looks in detail at performances of services against some key indicators.
  • Updated: In the second of a series of articles about how we interpret and use the data, a ‘Spotlight on’ briefing considers how access to specialist perinatal mental health services was impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic and where local areas are in relation to national expectations in 2020/21 and beyond.
  • Updated: The site uses 25 key indicators to measure the health of mental health. You can see the latest data for each of the 25 indicators and in many cases, compare your clinical commissioning group (CCG) or sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) against up to five others in England.

Where is the data from?

The data on many of the indicators is drawn from NHS England's quarterly dashboard. Some data is also drawn from NHS Digital and updated monthly.

Other indicators are drawn from a panel of psychiatrists across the NHS in England, who we survey four times a year to gauge the views of people who are working in the trusts and delivering services.

Finally, some indicators use data from the NHS Staff Survey, Care Quality Commission, NHS Improvement and Open Prescribing.

Join our research panel

We'd like to invite all members working in the NHS across the UK to join our research panel, and help us get the best understanding of what is working well and what is not.


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