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Out of Area Placements (OAPs) v4 DPN (NHS and Private providers)

The Government set a national ambition to eliminate inappropriate OAPs in mental health services for adults in acute inpatient care by 2020-21. Inappropriate OAPs are where patients are sent out of area because no bed is available for them locally which can delay their recovery. It was essential to introduce a collection of OAPs data in order to monitor progress towards achieving the ambition and to understand where and why OAPs are happening. Having this information is critical to improving patient care and ultimately eliminating the practice of inappropriately sending patients out of area to receive acute inpatient care.

Scope of the collection

Any mental health care provider in England that provides local acute mental health services and has responsibility for sending any patient out of area.

Legal basis for the collection

This information is required by NHS Digital under section 259(1)(a) of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Last edited: 11 January 2019 3:50 pm