About this release

This release by Public Health Scotland (PHS), presents 19 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. The QIPMH provides an overview of Mental Health Services across Scotland, by combining previously published and new information into a single profile. 12 indicators have been updated in this release.

Main points

  • Over two thirds (70.1%) of children and young people started treatment by specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health services within 18 weeks of referral in the quarter ending 31 December 2022. This is an increase from 67.9% in the previous quarter, and similar to 70.5% for the quarter ending 31 December 2021.
  • More than four fifths (81.1%) of people commenced psychological therapy based treatment within 18 weeks of referral in the quarter ending 31 December 2022, similar to the previous quarters.
  • In Scotland in 2021/22, there were 116 new advance statements registered with Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, this compares with 78 new statements in 2020/21, 257 in 2019/20 and 244 in 2018/19.
  • The total (net) mental health expenditure for 2021/22 was nearly £1,300 million for NHS Scotland, 8.8% of total NHS expenditure This is an increase from nearly £1,250 million in 2020/21, 8.8% of total NHS expenditure.
  • The percentage of people who did not attend their appointment for mental health problems at community based services ranged from 9% to 19% for the quarter ending 31 December 2022.


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 Appendix 5 of the full report. PHS is working with the NHS boards to improve the data quality and completeness.

Further information

The next release of this publication will be October 2023.

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Last updated: 21 March 2024
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