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Out of Area Placements in Mental Health Services June 2017


Publication date: 09:30 August 23, 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. This collection is running for a 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.

Key Facts

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.

50 organisations have participated in the collection which means they have submitted at least one OAP active during the period out of 55 organisations in scope for the collection. This means that 91 per cent of organisations are participating.

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.


Date Range: 17 October 2016 to 30 June 2017
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Mental Health Trusts, Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Regions, Clinical Commissioning Groups

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