The NHS Operating Framework for 2012-2013 confirmed that all providers of NHS funded care are expected to eliminate mixed-sex accommodation, except where it is in the overall best interest of the patient.
From 1 December 2010, the collection of monthly Mixed-Sex Accommodation (MSA) breaches was introduced. NHS organisations submit data on the number of occurrences of unjustified mixing in relation to sleeping accommodation. The collection enables the analysis and publication of consistently defined data to allow patients and members of the public to understand the extent to which MSA is occurring at individual organisations.
Statistical Press Notice
Pre-Release Access List
Guidance and Information
Mixed-Sex Accommodation Revisions Policy (PDF, 125KB)
Mixed-Sex Accommodation Breach Rate Indicator methodology (DOC, 66KB)
Mixed-Sex Accommodation Guidance v1.3 (PDF, 123KB)
Mixed-Sex Accommodation FAQ v1.1 (PDF, 230KB)
Link to the Professional Letter issued to the NHS
DCB Assurance Certificate 1573 (PDF, 195KB)
For further information about the published statistics, please contact us at:
Performance Analysis Team (Central)
NHS England and NHS Improvement
Leeds LS2 7UE
If you are a patient wishing to discuss your own mixed-sex accommodation experience, you should contact your local CCG, which you can find on the NHS website.