Mixed-sex accommodation breaches

The Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2012/13 highlighted that mixed-sex accommodation (MSA) should continue to be reduced to ensure that people have a positive experience of care. A mixed-sex accommodation breach is any unjustified mixing of sleeping accommodation.

How has the number of mixed-sex accommodation breaches changed?

The number of MSA breaches has been decreasing over time and has been low, below 600, since April 2012.

Source: 
NHS England, Mixed-Sex Accommodation Data

How has the rate of mixed-sex accommodation breaches changed?

The Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2012/13 highlighted that mixed-sex accommodation (MSA) should continue to be reduced to ensure that people have a positive experience of care. A MSA breach is any unjustified mixing of sleeping accommodation. MSA is closely tied with dignity and privacy for patients in hospitals. The rate of MSA breaches has been decreasing over time and has remained very low, below one per 1,000 finished consultant episodes, since July 2011.

Updated August 2016.

About this data

MSA breach data were collected by provider organisations for the first time in December 2010 and, while collected on the basis of a standard definition, it may take time for the quality of the data to improve as providers implement and embed local data collection processes. Therefore, these published figures should be treated with a degree of caution and are subject to change.

From April 2011, MSA data are mandatory for all NHS providers and flat-rate fines for MSA breaches have been built into organisations’ contracts. Therefore, it is expected that MSA data collection processes are now fully embedded in the NHS and that the data submitted from April 2011 onwards is of a higher quality than in previous months.

The MSA breach rate is the number of MSA breaches, per 1,000 finished consultant episodes. It is calculated by dividing the total MSA breaches in a given month (numerator) by the number of finished consultant episodes in that month (denominator). As such, it is only an estimation.

For more information, please see the Department of Health's breach rate methodology paper.

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