About this release

This release by Public Health Scotland (PHS), 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. The QIPMH provides an overview of Mental Health Services across Scotland, by combining previously published and new information into a single profile. 10 indicators have been updated in this release.

Main points

  • The total (net) mental health expenditure for 2020/21 was nearly £1,250 million for NHS Scotland, 8.8% of total NHS expenditure. This is an increase from nearly £1,077 million in 2019/20, 8.5% of total NHS expenditure.
  • More than four fifths (84.4%) of people started Psychological therapy-based treatment within 18 weeks of referral in the quarter ending 31 December 2021.
  • Over seven out of ten (70.3%) 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 2021.
  • Of the 7,269 referrals to community-based specialist drug and alcohol treatment services completed in the quarter ending 31 December 2021, 93% involved a wait of three weeks or less.
  • The rate of emergency bed days for adults in psychiatric hospital beds following emergency admission was 18,844 per 100,000 population in Scotland for the year-long period ending 30 September 2021.
  • The percentage of people who did not attend their appointment for mental health problems at community-based services, ranged from 8.2% to 20.5% for the quarter ending 31 December 2021.


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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