UK's NHS Digital launched the Mental Health Data Hub with national mental health statistics that "shed new light on care and treatment for patients."
Formally launched on World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10), the hub enables healthcare workers, patients, carers, charities and researchers to find the information most relevant to them at their fingertips.
Included on the site is information on the number of people in contact with mental health services, the proportion of mental health, learning disability and autism service users admitted as an inpatient and estimates for the number of staff in the mental health and learning disability workforce.
Users can view the data in visualisations including charts and graphs, and select providers or geographical areas of interest. Also, as soon as the latest data is published, it will be uploaded to the hub.
This is the second data hub to be created by NHS Digital, following the launch of the GP Data Hub last year.
"The Mental Health Data Hub is a key tool to enable people to access our mental health statistics more easily and in an interactive way," Ramesh Notra, Principal Information Analyst in Community and Mental Health at NHS Digital, said in a statement. "The dashboards have been designed to guide users to the key information and allow them to investigate further using the interactive features provided. The data hub also provides links to sources of mental health data produced by other organisations."
NHS Digital's announcement ends with a note that the new hub should help help mental health professionals, patients, carers and researchers.
"As well as improving access, we hope the hub will assist in our efforts to improve data quality by enabling organisations to see how they compare in terms of data submissions," Notra added.