Mental Health Inpatient and Community Services

One of the recommendations from the King’s Fund and Centre for Mental Health in their report “Mental health and the productivity challenge” (2010) was to utilise peer comparisons to reduce unwarranted variations in clinical practice. The NHS Benchmarking project enables such comparisons to be made in areas including quality, finance and workforce, to help organisations face the productivity and efficiency challenge in a collaborative manner. Mental health services have made huge progress in the last decade, especially in perinatal and early intervention in psychosis where there has been increased investment and national improvement in access and waiting times.

This project is for all Mental Health providers. Subscribing member organisations who participate in this project will receive:

  • Access to the benchmarking toolkit, allowing you to compare your service across more than 11,000 metrics
  • A detailed bespoke report outlining key messages and metrics, which compares your local data against nationally reported positions
  • The opportunity to attend the Mental Health conference to hear from national speakers and member good practice sites

2017/18 benchmarking project

Every NHS provider of mental health services in England and Wales participated in the project, and submissions were also received from Northern Ireland, Scotland and the States of Jersey. The high level of participation across the UK means the findings are compelling and give a timely and robust position on the state of mental health service provision.

Download a summary of the project together with the 2017 highlights.

2018/19 benchmarking project

The Network’s core mental health project is running in 2018 (2017/18 data) as an important part of the NHS Benchmarking Network’s work programme. 

For queries about the Mental Health project please contact Dave Barker.

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