Mental Health Services: Kent

Health written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of NHS mental healthcare treatment was in Sevenoaks constituency in each of the last five financial years.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information requested is not held on a constituency level. The following table sets out mental health expenditure for West Kent primary care trust (PCT), for the years 2006-07 to 2010-11.

  Total expenditure (£000)
Programme Budgeting Category 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
5—Mental health disorders 56,800 106,636 97,321 101,577 115,228
This includes:          
5a—Substance misuse 11,286 2,577 3,616 4,777 3,579
5b—Organic mental disorders 4,493 8,367 8,292 12,721 8,525
5c—Psychotic disorders 3,136 12,925 17,778 19,037 23,628
5d—Child and adolescent mental health disorders 4,730 6,817 11,100 11,905 9,163
5x—Mental health disorders (Other) 33,155 75,950 56,535 53,137 70,333
Notes: 1. Estimates of expenditure are calculated using price paid for specific activities and services purchased from health care providers. PCTs follow standard guidance, procedures and mappings when calculating programme budgeting data. 2. Figures include expenditure across all sectors. Disease specific expenditure do not include expenditure on general practitioners (GP) contracts but do include prescribing expenditure. 3. Not all expenditure relating to ‘Mental Health disorders’ will be included within the figures given. Analysing expenditure for the programme budgeting return is complex, and there are some service areas where local commissioners do not have sufficient information to determine which expenditure on specific patients and conditions. In primary care, the majority of PCTs do not have information to identify the health care condition that was the main reason for a patients appointment with a GP or Practice Nurse. Additionally, for many patients the diagnosis may be unknown at the time of the appointment or the patient may have multiple conditions. For out-patient activity most PCTs do not have information to identify the health care condition that was the main reason for out-patient attendances. For community care, PCTs may not have sufficient information to accurately allocate expenditure to programme categories. 4. The allocation of expenditure to programme budgeting subcategories is not always straightforward, and subcategory level data should therefore be used with caution. 5.The programme budgeting data collection methodology and underlying data sources are subject to yearly changes to improve the data quality. Due to the significant changes made to calculation methodologies, it is not possible to make direct comparisons with programme budgeting data from previous years. Source: Annual PCT programme budgeting Programme Budgeting data collection

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