This guidance, published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, aims to support good practice in dealing with out-of-area placements and provides advice on how to repatriate service users.
- emphasises the need for clinicians, providers, managers and commissioners to minimise the use of out-of-area placements because of the associated human, social and financial costs
- clarifies the clinical and social factors associated with appropriate use of out-of-area placements
- provides a clinical perspective on good practice in relation to out-of-area placements including:
- the systems required to oversee all out-of-area placements made by an organisation
- step-by-step guidance for practitioners making an individual placement
- presents an overview of the statutory frameworks relevant to civil liberties
- offers practical advice on repatriation of service users from out-of-area placements
- demonstrates that repatriation must be linked to reinvestment in local services so that robust local care pathways are available to reduce the need for future out-of-area placements.