Policy paper

Investment in mental health in 2011 to 2012: working age adults and older adults

The level of investment in mental health services for adults in 2011 to 2012.

Documents

2011/12 National Survey of Investment in Adult Mental Health Services

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2011/12 National Survey of Investment in Mental Health Services for Older People

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Detail

The adult mental health analysis provides the following overall key findings:

  • total investment in adult mental health services in 2011 to 2012 was £6.629 billion or £198.3 per head of weighted working age population
  • total investment increased from £6.550 billion in 2010 to 2011 to £6.629 billion, which is a 1.2% cash increase and a real decrease of 1.0%
  • the reported investment in the 3 traditional priority areas (crisis resolution, early intervention and assertive outreach) overall has fallen for the first time by £29.3 million - only early intervention reported increased investment
  • investment in psychological therapies increased significantly in real terms by 6.0% over the monies in 2010 to 2011 and now forms 7.0% of direct services investment nationally
  • 5 strategic health authorities either maintained their investment in real terms or reported modest increases in investment ranging from 0.1% to 4.6% * 5 reported reduced investment of up to 5.3% (London, North East, South Central, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber)

The older persons’ mental health analysis provides the following overall key findings:

  • total reported overall cash investment in older people’s mental health services fell by 1% from £2.859 billion in 2010 to 2011 to £2.830 billion in 2011 to 2012
  • the national investment per weighted head of population for 2011 to 2012 was £341.2
  • investment within strategic health authorities varied between £269 and £483 investment per weighted head of population
  • 62% of older persons’ mental health services in 2011 to 2012 were commissioned by primary care trusts and 38% were commissioned by local councils

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