This report provides statistical information on mental health among the UK Armed Forces. It summarises all episodes of care of Service personnel to the MOD's Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMHs) for outpatient care, and new admissions to the MOD's in-patient care contractors.
DCMHs are specialised mental health services based on community mental health teams closely located with primary care services at sites in the UK and abroad. Information on patients only seen in the primary care system is not currently available.
A rigid pseudoanonymisation process, and other measures preserving patient confidentiality, has enabled full verification and validation of the DCMH returns, importantly allowing identification of repeat attendances. It also ensured linkage with deployment databases was possible, so that potential effects of deployment could be measured.
The UK Armed Forces Mental Health : Annual Summary and Trends over Time 2007/08 - 2012/13 report will not be released on 31st July 2013. This is due to system developments enabling DCMHs to begin recording new episodes of care on DMICP, the MOD's electronic patient record system in addition to the existing system used to report new episodes of care. Initial analysis of the new DMICP data has highlighted differences compared to the existing data source. As a result of this, data between April 2012 and March 2013 are currently under investigation and finalised data will be published on 3 October 2013.
Please see the Quarterly UK Armed Forces Mental Health January - March 2013 report, published on 4 July 2013 for further details.
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