About this release

This release by Information Services Division (ISD), presents 20 of the 30 quality indicators included in the Quality Indicator Profile for Mental Health (QIPMH) as set out in Action 38 of the Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 (external website). There are six new indicators presented in this release.

The QIPMH provides an overview of Mental Health Services across Scotland, by combining previously published and new information into a single profile. NHS Boards are developing mechanisms to collect data to inform the remaining 10 indicators. More information is available in the profile.

Main points

  • One of the indicators included for the first time is the percentage of patients followed up by community mental health services following discharge.
Image caption Source: Manual Board Returns received from NHS Borders, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Grampian, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Lothian, NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland, NHS Tayside and NHS Western Isles.
S2 - shows the percentage of all discharged psychiatric inpatients followed up by community mental health services (within 7 calendar days). For the quarter ending 30 September 2019, this showed a range between 39.5% to 100%.
  • For the quarter ending 30 September 2019, the percentage of people who did not attend their appointment for mental health problems at community based services, ranged from 9.6% – 35.8% across NHS boards.


Several of the indicators have required bespoke data collection from NHS Boards. You can view which NHS Boards have provided data for each indicator in the background section of the report. ISD is working closely with the NHS Boards to improve the data quality and completeness.

Further information

Further information can be found in the Mental Health Quality Indicators (external website) page.

The next release of this publication will be September 2020.

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Last updated: 21 March 2024
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