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.
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.