“We wholly agree that it is crucial that money committed for mental health is spent only for this purpose. As clinical commissioners, we are frontline clinicians who know only too well the impact that poor mental health can have on people. We are working hard with partners across the system to find the best ways to join up pathways to improve our patients’ experiences and make sure that they have access to the right care at the right time.
“Despite the financial challenges CCGs are facing, official NHS England figures showed that the vast majority met or exceeded the Mental Health Investment Standard last year. Transparency in mental health spending is important, a key part of which is making sure we consider the totality of spend. To get the best possible outcomes for their population, CCGs are also investing more in new models of care that focus on crisis care and recovery out of hospital, exploring new voluntary sector partnerships and investing in primary care services. We need to make sure we are looking at total service provision so that we can truly understand where the gaps are and make sure that our patients and populations are getting the care they need.”
20 September 2017