Out of area placements collection (NHS providers) and (private providers) Data Provision Notice


The out of areas placement collection has been designed to record the details of any individual, who has been referred for an out of area placement in England.

Overview of the collection

NHS Digital has developed an Out of Area Placements (OAPs) collection (previously known as Out of Area Treatments). This has been developed to capture the details of all OAPs in mental health services for adults in acute inpatient care in England by both the NHS and private providers. The Department of Health directed NHS Digital to carry out this work. 

Read the Data Provision Notice: out of area placements NHS providers

Read the Data Provision Notice for out of area placements private providers

Scope of the collection

  • Mental Health Foundation Trusts.
  • Mental Health Non Foundation Trusts.

Legal basis for provision of data

section 259 of the Health and Social Care Act.


October 2016 - October 2017 (12 month collection).

Read the revised Data Provision Notice published November 2017.