Mental Health Services

Health written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) if he will commission a national survey of investment in mental health services in 2013-14;

(2) when he plans to publish data on mental health spending in 2012-13;

(3) what progress he has made on extending patient choice of provider of mental health services.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department has no plans to commission a national survey of investment in mental health services for 2013-14. The Department stopped commissioning the national surveys of investment in mental health services in 2012 as the new landscape for health services and the abolition of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities prevented continuation of these surveys in their existing format. The Department is committed to reducing the data burden placed on organisations and has no plans to commission any further surveys of this type.

NHS England published expenditure data for 2012-13 on 21 February 2014 which shows expenditure on mental health in 2012-13 was £11.28 billion. This information is available on their website at:

www.england.nhs.uk/resources/resources-for-ccgs/prog-budgeting/ and the document has been placed in the Library.

Ensuring patients have more say in how their care is delivered and embedding choice are key themes in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to ensure we put the patient first and drive improvements in quality. As part of this, “No decision about me, without me” (2012) set out the Government's intention to extend choice to mental health.

The National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 were published in November 2013 to extend the legal right to choice of provider at first out-patient appointment in mental health from 1 April 2014.

Extending choice to mental health from April is also a priority in “Closing the Gap: Priorities for essential change in mental health” (2014), to enable patients to choose which provider and consultant or mental health professional will be in charge of their care for their first out-patient appointment. The “NHS Mandate 2014/15” commits NHS England to ensure patients' rights to choice are embedded by 2015.

We held the third Choice in Mental Health workshop on 12 March 2014 where we set out the critical steps required to start implementing choice from 1 April 2014 and the programme of work to deliver the NHS Mandate commitment to embed choice in mental health by 2015.

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