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Publication, Part of

Out of Area Placements in Mental Health Services August 2017

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Regions, Ambulance Trusts, Mental Health Trusts, Independent Sector Health Care Providers, NHS Trusts
Date Range:
17 Oct 2016 to 31 Aug 2017


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


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

This month, 49 organisations have participated in this collection out of 55 organisations in scope. This means that 89 per cent of organisations have participated. The definition of participation can be found on page 5 of the report.

This report only contains OAPs that started on or after 17 October 2016 (the date this OAPs collection launched). It is estimated that due to this starting point, this report would only include around 90 per cent of all OAPs active during the collection period, if all providers in scope had submitted data. The Limitations section of this report sets out how this estimation was made.


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