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Publication of PSA 16 Mental Health Indicator Data (NI 149 & 150)

The NHS Information Centre today published the first data on National Indicators 149 and 150, which cover the settled accommodation and employment status of the PSA16 mental health client group (ie adults in England who are in contact with secondary mental health services and on the Care Programme Approach). This is a group of 136,094 adults with the most severe mental health conditions, and represents about 10% of all users of specialist mental health services in England.

What do the data say?

The data shows the national baselines for the indicators to be:

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NHS Information Centre releases first data on PSA16 learning disability group

The NHS Information Centre today published the first data release for National Indicators 145 and 146, which cover the employment and settled accommodation status of the PSA16 learning disability group. The indicators are part of the social care indicators in the National Indicator Set. The data is provisional, and covers the period March 2008-April 2009. Final data is expected in January 2010, and will include any revisions made by councils following the provisional data, and further quality checks from the Information Centre.

What does the data say?

The provisional data shows that the national baselines for the indicators are:

The data also gives a breakdown for all English local authorities, and by English region.

These figures supersede the proxy baselines previously used for the PSA16 learning disability group, which were from a CSCI survey in 2005-06 and suggested that the national employment rate was 10% and the national settled accommodation rate was 69%.


A total of eight indicators underpin the socially excluded adults PSA and will be used to measure progress towards increasing the settled accommodation and employment, education or training rates for each of the four at risk groups:

All eight indicators are included in the single set of 198 national indicators for English local authorities and local authority partnerships [External website]. The following document sets out the technical definitions and guidance notes for the indicators for the socially excluded adults PSA [PDF 35KB, 5 pages]. These definitions incorporate comments received from the Government's consultation on the single set of national indicators, which closed on 21 December 2007. A summary of responses to the consultation [External website] has also been published.


Data on the PSA indicators will be available at the local authority single-tier and county council level to assist local authorities and their partners to monitor performance, identify local priorities and set improvement targets.

Historical data is currently available on the PSA indicators for the care leavers and offenders under probation supervision client groups only. For the mentally ill and learning disabled client groups, the PSA indicators are new and the first year for which data will be available for these will be 2008/09. Proxy data is, however, available on the employment outcome for both of these client groups, and for the settled accommodation outcome for the learning disabled client group only.

The baseline data for the historical and proxy data is available below, as well as results from an analysis of local authority ‘hotspots’, which identifies areas where performance on the indicators is particularly low. This data will be updated as new data becomes available.

To assist regions and local areas in using the PSA baseline and ‘hotspot’ data a guidance note [PDF 35KB, 5 pages] is available. This note sets out the background to the PSA, provides guidance on using the PSA hotspots data for informing Local Area Agreements, supports the Housing Corporation's National Affordable Housing Programme (NAHP) 2008-11 Prospectus and Regular Market Engagement Guidance, and outlines the government departments and agencies with responsibility for delivering the PSA.

A Data Interchange Hub [External website] (The Hub) has been established as a repository to house all indicators included in the single set of 198 national indicators for English local authorities and local authority partnerships [External website]. The Hub has been developed in partnership between Government Departments, Audit Commission, IDeA and the Local Government Association. It will provide a secure centralised data storage and a mechanism for data interchange for government departments and local strategic partnerships (LSPs) to help with collating and monitoring of the national indicators incorporating local area agreements (LAAs).

For any questions or more information on the PSA, please contact the Social Exclusion Task Force

Regional data

November – December 2007

In partnership with DWP and the nine English Regional Offices, SETF held a series of joint workshops on the Socially Excluded Adults PSA and the Later Life PSA. Presentations on the Socially Excluded Adults PSA from the regional workshops, including data on the new national indicators, are available to download below:

Regional presentations on Socially excluded adults – PSA Indicator data

Regional presentations on Socially Excluded Adults PSA and Local Area Agreements

If you would like further information on the DWP Later Life PSA, please contact