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Publication, Part of

Out of Area Placements in Mental Health Services, November 2021

Official statistics


This report presents findings from the Out of Area Placements in Mental Health Services November 2021 collection. The collection is expected to capture the details of all Out of Area Placements in England from both NHS and independent providers. NHS Digital is running this interim data collection in the Clinical Audit Platform (CAP) until the data becomes aligned and available from the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS). The MHSDS is the chosen mechanism for the long term collection of this data.

This monthly report of Out of Area Placements should be interpreted with caution, as with the previous reports in this series. The limitations section sets out these issues more fully.

This month 44 organisations have participated in this collection, out of 57 organisations in scope. This means that 77 percent of organisations have participated. The definition of participation can be found on page 5 of the report.

Data for Clinical Commissioning Group (CCGs) is on the basis of new boundaries introduced in 2021 after the organisational changes.

COVID-19 and the production of statistics

Due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) disruption, the quality and coverage of some of our statistics has been affected, for example, by  an increase in non-submissions for some datasets. We are also seeing some different patterns in the submitted data. For example, fewer patients are being referred to hospital and more appointments being carried out via phone/telemedicine/email. Therefore, data should be interpreted with care over the COVID-19 period.

Update - 18 March 2022

The Additional Data and Open Data files have been replaced. Data for some Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) was not correct and the incorrect data has been removed.  Data for 9 STPs is not included in the replacements files and these are:

E54000024    Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

E54000018    Coventry and Warwickshire

E54000029    East London Health and Care Partnership

E54000034    Frimley Health and Care ICS

E54000042    Hampshire and the Isle of White

E54000027    North West London Health and Care Partnership

E54000011    Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin

E54000016    The Black Country and West Birmingham

E54000054    West Yorkshire and Harrogate (Health and Care Partnership)

The next publication for December 2021 data will include data for all STPs. A link to this publication can be found in the "Resource Links" section at the bottom of the page.

NHS Digital apologises for the inconvenience caused.

Last edited: 30 March 2022 2:35 pm