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Publication, Part of

Out of Area Placements in Mental Health Services - October 2016

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


This report presents early 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. This collection is running for an interim 12 month period only to allow necessary changes to the Mental Health Services Dataset (MHSDS) to be implemented. The MHSDS is the chosen mechanism for the long term collection of this data.


This report is the first monthly report of Out of Area Placements (OAPs) and it should be interpreted with caution due to likely shortfalls in coverage and the fact that this initial publication covers just a two week period from 17 to 31 October 2016.


The Government set a national ambition to eliminate inappropriate Out of Area Placements (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 is 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. This collection is for providers in England only.


This report is being published as Experimental Statistics in order to get user feedback, show some detailed breakdowns for where data have been submitted and improve providers' data quality.


Key Facts

· 33 organisations submitted at least one OAP active during the period out of 84 organisations in scope for the collection. Data are not expected every month from all organisations in scope.


· From the submitted data, there were 203 OAPs that started on or after 17 October 2016 and were active at the end of October 2016 of which 94 per cent were due to unavailability of a local bed (an inappropriate OAP).


· It should be noted that these figures are based on OAPs that have started since the beginning of the collection, i.e. 17th October 2016. Therefore, the report is only based on new placements as of this date. Any placements that were active in October but before this date are not included.


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