To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the number of out of area placements in locked mental health rehabilitation facilities to ensure that patients are not geographically distant from their homes and support networks.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
5 January 2021
The Care Quality Commission report into the state of care in mental health services from 2014-2017 highlighted concerns about the high number of people in out of area locked rehabilitation wards. Following this, the mental health rehabilitation workstream of the Getting It Right First Time programme has considered locked mental health rehabilitation facilities alongside its consideration of out of area placements. The workstream’s report is expected to be published in early 2021.
NHS England and NHS Improvement expect this report to recommend that all trusts and clinical commissioning groups should develop robust systems to bring patients treated out of area back to their local area. It also expects the report to recommend that clear monitoring arrangements are in place where out-of-area placements are considered necessary.