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Out of Area Placements for Adults in Acute Mental Health Inpatient Services Directions 2020

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate an informatics support service for the collection of information about Out of Area Placements (OAPS) for adults in mental health inpatient services.

Purpose

To support the government’s ambition to eliminate inappropriate out of area placements for adult acute inpatients by 2020/2021. 

The Out of Area Placements for Adults in Acute Mental Health Inpatient Services 2018 issued on 22 October 2018 and the related extension letter dated 21 May 2019 are revoked by this Direction and are from the date of this Direction no longer in force. 

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Last edited: 19 April 2021 2:35 pm