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 specialists. 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 proportions 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, where possible, the risk of suicide and social exclusion, and improve care pathways. There is a national threshold in place to ensure that 95% of patients are followed up within seven days of discharge from psychiatric inpatient care. This threshold has been met for all data that are available and has been consistently around 97% in all quarters. In Q1 2016/17 it dropped to 96.2%, the lowest in the time period.

Update August 2016.

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 people under adult mental illness specialties on CPA who were followed up (either by face to face contact or by phone discussion) within seven days of discharge from psychiatric inpatient care outside of the hospital system during the quarter (QA).'

Divided by: 'the number of patients on CPA who were discharged from psychiatric inpatient care during the Quarter. All patients discharged from a psychiatric in-patient ward are regarded as being on CPA.'

For more information see Data Defintions.

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