Policy paper

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

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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