About this release

This release by Public Health Scotland (PHS), presents 21 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)

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 9 indicators. You can view the 21 indicators currently available on the quality indicators profile page.   

Main points

  • The number of delayed discharge bed days occupied in mental health specialties shows a decrease from 100,746 in 2019/20 to 79,650 in 2020/21 for the years ending 31 March.
In Scotland in 2020/21, there were 79,650 delayed discharge bed days occupied in mental health specialties, compared to 100,746 bed days for 2019/20.  The rate of delayed discharges among the 18+ population was 17.9 per 1,000, compared to 22.7 per 1,000 for 2019/20.
  • The percentage of under 18 psychiatric admissions that were admitted to non-specialist NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health wards increased from 30.7% in 2019/20 to 34.0% in 2020/21 for the years ending 31 March.
  • The percentage of emergency readmissions within 28 days in Scotland increased from 7.4% in 2019/20 to 9.0% in 2020/21 for the years ending 31 March.


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 closely 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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