Mental Health Inpatient Activity

These files present information on patients with mental health problems who have been cared for as inpatients or day cases in Scottish general and psychiatric hospitals. The period covered is financial years 1997/98 - 2019/20, for all NHS Boards of residence and treatment.

All publications and supporting material to this topic area can be found on the PHS Data & Intelligence Website. The date of the next release can be found on our list of forthcoming publications.

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Source Scottish Morbidity Record 01 (SMR01) dataset, Scottish Morbidity Record 04 (SMR04) dataset
Author PHS Mental Health Team
Last Updated November 26, 2020, 12:09 (GMT)
Created March 6, 2018, 15:17 (GMT)
Contact Address Mental Health Team, Public Health Scotland, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9EB
Subject Mental Health
Frequency Annually
Time frame of data and timeliness SMR01 and SMR04 data up to 31 March 2020
Coverage General and psychiatric hospitals within Scotland, 1997/98 - 2019/20
Completeness The latest data completeness figures for SMR01 and SMR04 can be obtained from the following website:
Accuracy A data quality assurance exercise for SMR04 was carried out for 2015-2016, with assessment of agreed data items at submitting hospital sites across mainland Scotland. A similar exercise for SMR01 was carried out for 2014-2015. The results for both exercises are available here:
Continuity of data The definitions of the variables and measures used here are largely unchanged over the period that data has been available within SMR01 and SMR04. Compared to last year’s publication, methodological changes in how patient and hospital resident counts are calculated have been made to increase the accuracy of the data. Moreover, this report allocates patients treated in financial year 2019/20 to NHS boards and council areas of residence based on the latest geographical boundaries that came into effect on 1 April 2019.
Concepts and definitions A glossary defining the terms used in the data release can be found here:
Disclosure Statistical disclosure control has been applied. As such, the figures presented here will not be additive. Moreover, care should be taken when comparing the present data to previously published information. For more information, please refer to the PHS Statistical Disclosure Control Protocol:
Revision statement The SMR01 and SMR04 datasets are dynamic and subject to change. Future releases may include revised data for previous years.
Official statistics designation National Statistics
Relevance and key uses of the statistics There are many users of the SMR01 and SMR04 data, including the Scottish Government, NHS clinical and medical staff, PHS, charities, and members of the public. Some of the purposes this information is used for are: NHS Boards benchmarking their performance against other NHS Boards; Scottish Government Health Department for a variety of purposes, including to support the development, implementation, and monitoring of policy and performance; a range of users request information on the number of admissions with specific diagnoses and by particular geographic breakdowns; press and media use the information to inform public debate and discussion.
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Language English

Hospital Care

Mental Health

SMR Completeness

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