Follow-up care for adults with mental health problems
People being cared for by specialist mental health teams usually have multiple needs which require care co-ordination. They are likely to be looked after under the Care Programme Approach (CPA) - a package of care where patients get a care co-ordinator and a care plan. 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.
The proportion of patients on Care Programme Approach (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, please see the Mental Health Community Teams Activity Return - Data Definitions.