STP regions reducing mental health spend
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has analysed NHS England's
latest ‘dashboard’ of statistical information on the NHS and found
that of the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plan
(STP) areas, four are investing less in mental health care
this year (2016-17) compared to last year (2015-16). This despite
the fact mental health is supposed to be the “golden thread” that
runs through the STP plans.
Those STPs are: Dorset; Milton Keynes, Beds and Luton; Bucks,
Oxon and Berks West; and Northamptonshire.
Interactive map showing change in STP spending in mental
The best STP is investing 14.89% more in mental health as a
proportion of the increase in its total budget, while the worst is
investing 1.55% less.
In each STP area there are a number of groups of GP surgeries,
which buy healthcare services. Our STP percentage change figures
are based on the average of the comparable figures for each CCG in
that STP area - if one CCG performs particularly well or badly it
can set the tone for the whole area.
For example, the worst-performing STP (Milton Keynes,
Bedfordshire and Luton) has 3 CCGs, two of which are investing
more in mental health this year. But because the third is investing
significantly less in mental health this year, the STP as a whole
is in negative territory.