Official Statistics

Out of Area Placements in Mental Health Services: Dec 2016

Publication of a collection to specifically look at mental health patients being treated outside their provider of usual treatment.


Out of Area Placements in Mental Health Services December 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.

Published 7 February 2017