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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

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.

STP regional spending map

Interactive map showing change in STP spending in mental health

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.


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