QIPP and mental health: reducing the use of out of area services

NHS CONFEDERATION. Mental Health Network, NHS CONFEDERATION. Primary Care Trust Network
NHS Confederation
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As part of the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) agenda, health and social care are examining where improvements and efficiencies in mental health services can be made. This Briefing paper provides a guide to NHS and local authorities to gain a better understanding of their use of out of area services and, where appropriate, come up with solutions to provide better value for money. It gives an overview of the issue and describes a seven step approach to reducing the use of out of area services where it is appropriate to do so. Two short case studies are included. The Briefing had been jointly produced by the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network and Primary Care Trust Network, National Mental Health Development Unit (NMHDU), Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)

Subject terms:
local authorities, mental health services, NHS trusts, placement, commissioning, cost effectiveness, expenditure, out-of-area placement;
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practice example
United Kingdom
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Briefing; May 2011,
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