A guide to good practice in the use of out-of-area placements

A guide to good practice in the use of out-of-area placementsThis 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.

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The guidance:

  • 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.