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NHS Confederation - First map of Mental Health market provides comprehensive survey of current provider landscape

A new report on mental health services across England maps out how NHS funding is spent across the country, including how much is spent on services provided by statutory and non-statutory organisations.

The report, Review of the Provider Market for Mental Health Services, has been produced jointly by the NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network (MHN) and Mental Health Strategies. It shows that more than three quarters (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.

The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the current landscape of NHS-funded mental health service provision in England.

Commenting on the publication, interim director of the NHS Confederation's 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."

The full report is now available on the NHS Confederation website and a summary briefing has been produced for members of the Mental Health Network.

Notes to Editors

The Mental Health Network represents the majority of mental health trusts. It was launched in spring 2007 to provide a distinct voice for providers of NHS mental health services. The Network is part of the NHS Confederation.

The NHS Confederation represents all organisations that commission and provide NHS services. It is the only membership body to bring together and speak on behalf of the whole of the NHS. We help the NHS to guarantee high standards of care for patients and best value for taxpayers by representing our members and working together with our health and social care partners.

We make sense of the whole health system, influence health policy and deliver industry-wide support functions for the NHS.

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