Produced jointly by the NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network (MHN) and Mental Health Strategies, the new report maps out how NHS funding is spent across the country, including how much is spent on services provided by statutory and non-statutory organisations.
Review of the Provider Market for Mental Health Services, shows that 77 per cent of the £7.19 billion NHS investment in adult and older people’s mental health services in 2010-11 was used to commission services from statutory providers, a total of £5.57 billion.
Analysis of current landscape
The report provides;
- a comprehensive analysis of the current landscape of NHS-funded mental health provision in England
- an assessment, at a general and segment-specific level, of the barriers to effective competition, including provider entry and exit
- indicates possible future trends in market development and their implications for policy development.
It also highlights a number of issues for the Department of Health, NHS Commissioning Board and wider health service to address.
Critical for policy and services
Commenting on the publication, interim director of the Mental Health Network, Paddy Cooney, said:
"Understanding how the market in mental health works is absolutely critical, both for the development of future policy and services as well as for the implementation of existing policy relating to competition and patient choice.
"This report draws together a substantial amount of information about the mental health market, and for the first time, helps us understand how resources are allocated to providers across the whole spectrum of mental health care."
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