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Out of Area Treatment

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 135657, tabled on 7 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Care Quality Commission publication Brief guide: Out of Area Placements in Rehabilitation Units, if he will make it his policy to (a) collect and (b) publish data on the use of rehabilitation out of area placements; and if he will publish guidance to NHS trusts on using a consistent method for categorising the reasons for such placements.

Answered on

22 March 2022

Data on the use of rehabilitation out of area placements is not currently collected and published.

However, National Health Service-led provider collaboratives in specialised mental health and learning disability and autism pathways are bringing together commissioning and clinical leaders with expertise to reduce out of area placements. NHS England and NHS Improvement are considering how this can contribute to data collected on out of area placements in rehabilitation units and be used nationally to improve services and reduce unwarranted variation.