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Investment levels in mental health services published

3rd November 2011

Levels of investment in mental health services in England have been published by the Department of Health.


The National Survey of Investment in Adult Mental Health Services provides details of investment for working age adults (aged 18-64) in England for 2010/11, while the National Survey of Investment In Mental Health Services for Older People provides details of the level of investment in mental health services covering people aged 65 and above.

The working age adult (WAA) mental health analysis shows total investment in WAA mental health services in 2010/11 was £6.550 billion or £195.8 per head of weighted working age population.

Total investment increased from £6.323 billion in 2009/10 to £6.550 billion, a 3.6% cash increase and a real increase of 0.7%.

Since 2001/02, the total investment, after allowing for inflation, has increased by 58.5% in real terms. At 2010/11 prices, £4.132 billion was spent in 2001/02 and £6.550 billion in 2010/11.

Most Strategic Health Authorities either maintained their investment in real terms or reported increases in investment of up to 4.7%, though East Midland, East of England and Yorkshire and the Humber reported reduced investment.

Total investment in older people’s mental health services in 2010/11 was £2.859 billion or £344.7 per weighted head of population.

Total investment in OPMH mental health services rose by 3.8% from £2.753 billion in 2009/10 to £2.859 billion in 2010/11 in real terms or a cash increase of 6.9%.

Some 63% of services were commissioned by Primary Care Trusts and 37% by Local Authorities. Investment within SHAs varied from £261-£493 per head.


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