Improving acute inpatient psychiatric care for adults in England: interim report

The Commission on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care, July 2015

The Commission on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care was set up by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in response to widespread concerns about the provision of acute inpatient psychiatric beds and alternatives to admission available for patients. This interim report is based on the Commission’s initial observations about acute inpatient psychiatric services for adults in England and its discussions with patients, carers, advocates, health and social care professionals and policy makers. It finds that the so-called bed or admission crisis in adult mental health is very significantly a problem of discharges and alternatives to admission that can only be addressed through changes in services and management of the whole service.

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Mental health patients sent ‘hundreds of miles’ for care

BBC News, 15 July 2015

The number of mental health patients in England who had to travel away from their local area to get care has risen by almost a quarter over the past year, figures seen by the BBC suggest.

Some patients have been sent hundreds of miles for treatment because no beds are available locally, the data shows…

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Mental health bulletin: Annual report from MHMDS Returns 2013-14

Health & Social Care Information Centre, 27 November 2014

The Mental Health Bulletin shows that for every 100 occupied beds, fewer than one person is discharged per day (0.7). The fact that so many inpatients are spending months in hospital reduces hospitals’ capacity to accept new admissions.

As well as the special feature on the length of hospital stay for people in contact with mental health services, the report also found that:

  • The number of people in contact with mental health services rose by 9.8 per cent – 1.75m in 2013/14, rising from 1.60m in 2012/13
  • 6.0 per cent of people in contact with mental health services (105,300) spent some time as a hospital inpatient during 2013/14. In 2012/13 this figure was 6.6 per cent (105,200).
  • The median length of stay for people who had been discharged from mental health inpatient services during 2013/14 was 23 days.

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