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The Mental Health Observatory exists to collate and make available data about mental health care in England, collected routinely or through special surveys, by health and social services. It is based within the NHS North East Regional Public Health Observatory and funded partly by the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP). It provides information and advice to commissioners, mental health care providers and national inspection and audit bodies. It also provides advice and expertise to other English Public Health Observatories in relation to mental health topics.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Mental health

* Estimating the prevalence of common mental health problems
* Estimating the future numbers of dementia
* Ethnic coding
* Psychological therapy staff
* The mental health minimum data set - a first sight of the data
* Mental hospital admissions by ethnicity
* Working age adult mental health workbook (population, self assessment, finance, adult mental health service mapping, mental health minimum data set and hospital episode statistics, to give a comprehensive picture of the level of resources available to adult mental health services within each local implementation team (lit) and how they are deployed.)
* Mental health needs assessment
* Mental health needs indicators

Mental health, health, secondary care, dementia, staff therapy, psychology, psychologist, psychotherapist, counsellors, ethnicity, psychiatric nurse, psychiatrist, community psychiatric nurse, occupational therapist, outpatient, neurotic disorder, phobias, depression, anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, needs, assessment, prevalence
Identifier Variables
LA, PCT, NHS trust
Economic/Subject Categories
Mental Health
Area of Health System
Secondary care, Public health
Disease Area
Mental health
Data collecting organization (s)
North East Public Health Observatory
Data Type
Coverage (date of field work)
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Unit of Analysis
Aggregate, Individual

Varies by PCT and dataset. For example, Bromley PCT has a population (aged 16-74) of 213167. Greenwich teaching PCT has a population of 162193.

Conditions of Access
Free access
.General .For mental health observatory workbook .For mental health admissions by ethnicity[…]/atlas.html .For mental health needs
.For mental health needs indicator
Tel: +44(0)1913340400,
Glover G, Arts G. and Wooff D. A needs index for mental health care in England based on updatable data. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2004; 39: 730-738