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Out of area placements for adults in acute mental health inpatient services Directions 2020 extension

An extension for the 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.


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

This is in response to the Direction, known as the Out of Area Placements for Adults in Acute Mental Health Inpatient Services Direction 2020 which allowed for the collection to continue from 13 February 2020 to 31 March 2020.

Learn more about the Direction

Last edited: 18 August 2020 3:55 pm