Mental Health Services: Finance

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Kate Hoey Kate Hoey Labour, Vauxhall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will initiate a review of the NHS standards for mental health funding set out in the Fair Share Guidance for clinical commissioning groups; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The weighted capitation funding formulae, sometimes referred to as fair funding formulae, used to set the target National Health Service revenue allocations for individual clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are subject to a rolling review programme. The mental health services component of the formulae is undergoing a comprehensive review in preparation for 2019-20 revenue allocations. However, the weighted capitation formulae themselves are not designed to estimate or enforce revenue spending standards in any particular area of services. It is up to each CCG to decide how it should allocate its resources, taking into account the specific needs of the local population.

As part of the NHS England planned refresh for 2018/19, and to reinforce our commitment to increasing investment in mental health services, all CCGs will now be required to achieve the Mental Health Investment Standard (to increase their spend on mental health services in line with, or in excess of, the growth in their allocation). We have also taken steps to ensure that additional investment in children and young people's mental health is delivered. CCGs will be required to demonstrate independent validation of their 2018/19 year-end mental health spend.

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