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Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients: Discharges

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 125969, tabled on 7 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the number of people experiencing delayed discharge from locked mental health rehabilitation facilities.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

5 January 2021

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out that all health systems in England will deliver new and integrated models of primary and community mental health care for adults and older adults with severe mental illnesses backed by almost £1 billion of new investment per year by 2023/24. These new models will include transformed and improved care for people with community mental health rehabilitation needs, building services in local communities both to prevent people from going into hospital unnecessarily and to support timely discharge for those people who are in need of inpatient care. All health systems in England are expected to be delivering these new models from 2021/22.

The mental health rehabilitation workstream of the Getting It Right First Time programme has considered discharge from acute mental health inpatient care. The workstream’s report is expected to be published in early 2021.

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