About us

Who we are

The National Mental Health, Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Network (NMHDNIN) is hosted by Public Health England (PHE) and is jointly sponsored with NHS England.

We work in partnership with stakeholders from public health, health and social care and local authorities, as well as leaders from the voluntary sector and organisations which represent people who use mental health, dementia and neurology services.

Establishing NMHDNIN is a priority in delivering closing the gap and builds on work previously undertaken by Public Health Observatories and NHS England’s predecessor organisations.

PHE also co-ordinates health intelligence networks for cancer, cardiovascular disease, child and maternal health and end of life. Find out about the networks in the December 2013 issue of the PHE blog Public Health Matters. These networks complement NHS England’s strategic clinical networks.

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Our priorities

Our priorities will be to:

  • address the significant health inequalities in England that impact on people's lives and affect communities
  • make publicly available mental health, dementia, neurology and wellbeing data accessible in one place
  • engage with stakeholders to provide relevant health intelligence to better understand their data and information needs and to expand our range of resources accordingly
  • take a systematic approach to analysing the available data by taking a care pathway approach spanning health promotion, prevention, diagnosis, illness services and rehabilitation and recovery
  • identify gaps in the data and promote new research to address these deficits
  • make a positive impact on the quality of relevant commissioning decisions as part of local Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs)

Health inequalities

Health inequalities exist in England. The prevalence of many conditions varies according to deprivation, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, age and physical health status. There are also different experiences of healthcare and different outcomes. Those in more deprived areas tend to live shorter lives and spend more years in poor health. Find out more from the Living well for longer report.

To address the inequalities, you may need to go beyond the data to truly understand the differences in need within the population you are considering. The NMHDNIN will support this process.


The NMHDNIN is jointly sponsored by PHE and NHS England. Progress is monitored by a joint PHE-led Programme Board. The MHDNIN is further accountable to the Department of Health led Mental Health Systems Board and the Dementia Intelligence Network to the Dementia Priority Programme Board.

Webpage Last Updated: Friday, 18th March 2016