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. 16 indicators have been updated in this release.

Main points

  • More than four fifths (81.4%) of people started Psychological therapy-based treatment within 18 weeks of referral in the quarter ending 30 June 2022.
  • Over two-thirds (68.4%) of children and young people started treatment by specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health services within 18 weeks of referral in the quarter ending 30 June 2022, a decrease from previous quarters.
  • Between 53% and 57% of adults with mental health problems supported at home in 2020/21 agreed that their services and support improved or maintained their quality of life, a decrease from around 74% in 2019/20.
  • In 2020/21 between 56% and 60% of people with a mental health problem agreed that people took account of things that mattered to them, a decrease from around 78% in 2019/20.
  • There were 98,716 delayed discharge bed days occupied in mental health specialties in 2021/22, an increase from 79,650 bed days in 2020/21.
  • The percentage of people who did not attend their appointment for mental health problems at community-based services, ranged from 7.0% to 25.4% for the quarter ending 31 March 2022.
  • The mortality rate for persons in contact with the mental health service in Scotland was 2.71 times higher than the general population rate in 2021/22, an increase from 2.62 in 2020/21.
  • 7% of under 18 psychiatric admissions were admitted outwith NHS specialist CAMH wards in 2021/22, an increase from 29.3% in 2020/21 and 30.7% in 2019/20.


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 is yet to be announced.

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Last updated: 21 March 2024
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