Follow-up care for adults with mental health problems

People with severe or complex mental health problems are likely to be monitored under the Care Programme Approach (CPA) and be cared for by specialist mental health teams. All patients on CPA discharged from psychiatric inpatient care should be followed up either by face-to-face contact or by phone within seven days of discharge.

What proportion of patients are followed up within seven days of discharge?

Ensuring that this vulnerable group are followed up within seven days of discharge aims to reduce the risk of suicide and social exclusion and improve care pathways. The national threshold states that at least 95% of patients should be followed up within seven days of discharge from psychiatric inpatient care. The target has consistently been met since Q1 2010/11, and has fluctuated at around 97%. In Q2 2017/18, 96.7% of patients were followed up within seven days of discharge from psychiatric inpatient care.

Update January 2018.

About this data

The 'proportion of patients on CPA who were followed up within seven days after discharge from psychiatric inpatient care' is:

- 'The number of patients on CPA who were followed up (either by face-to-face contact or by phone discussion) within seven days after discharge from psychiatric inpatient care during the quarter.'

- Divided by: 'the total number of patients on CPA discharged from psychiatric inpatient care during the quarter.'

All patients discharged to their place of residence, care home, residential accommodation, or to non-psychiatric care must be followed up within seven days of discharge. All patients discharged from a psychiatric inpatient ward are regarded as being on CPA. The seven-day period is measured in days, not hours, and starts on the day after the discharge.

For more information see Data Definitions.

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