Exploring Mental Health Inpatient Capacity
The pressure on mental health inpatient services in England is growing, and the impact of this pressure on people who use these services and on clinical staff cannot be underestimated. Staff working in mental health units want to deliver safe and effective services for patients, but these aims are severely challenged when wards are fully occupied. The use of inappropriate out of area placements means that individuals are separated from their families and social networks for the duration of their inpatient care. Of even more concern is that people who have received inpatient care out of area have a higher risk of suicide when they return home than those who are treated locally.
Date Published: 6th November 2019
Report Author/s: Alysia Dyke, David Callaghan, Lawrence Moulin, Peter Spilsbury, Sharon Townsend, Shiona Aldridge, Steven Wyatt
Organisation/s : Royal College of Psychiatrists, The Strategy Unit
Sector: Mental Health
Topic: Mental Health Impatient Capacity
Type of Report: Analysis
Country: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, UK, Wales
Keywords: Bed occupancy, Hospital, Hospital Admissions, mental health, Out of Aarea placements, wellbeing
Articles related to this report:
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Royal College of Psychiatrists (report page)
- The Strategy Unit
- Belfast Telegraph
- On The Wight
NHS Statistics: Bed Availability and Occupancy
The KH03 is a quarterly collection from all NHS organisations that operate beds, open overnight or day only. It collects the total number of available bed days and the total number of occupied bed days by consultant main specialty
Data for this collection is available back to 2000-01.
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