Delivering same-sex accommodation

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Updated policy on delivering same-sex accommodation for all providers of NHS-funded care to ensure the safety, privacy and dignity of patients is prioritised.

Reporting breaches of the same-sex accommodation policy became mandatory for providers in 2011. Since then practice has developed, particularly the way emergency assessments and patient admissions are managed. We have therefore reviewed the 2009 and 2010 guidance and made changes to reflect current patient pathways, including further definition of what is and is not a mixed-sex accommodation breach and circumstances in which mixing may be justified and therefore not constitute a breach.

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