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. More information is available in the profile.

Main points

  • Included for the first time is the percentage of under 18 psychiatric admissions admitted outwith NHS specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) wards during the year ending 31 March 2020.
Image caption Source: Public Health Scotland SMR04, Discovery
Infographic showing the percentage of under 18 psychiatric admissions admitted outwith NHS specialist CAMH wards.
  • The percentage of emergency readmissions to psychiatric hospitals within 28 days of discharge in Scotland shows a small decrease from 8.8% in 2018/19 to 8.2% in 2019/20 for the years ending 31 March.
  • The total (net) expenditure for general psychiatry services for 2019/20 was over £1,077 million for NHS Scotland. This is a slight increase from £1,017 million in 2018/19.


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 2 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 will be September 2021.

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Last updated: 21 March 2024
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