Indicators

Spending on mental health services per person

This chart shows how much is spent on mental health services per person (per capita, adjusted for mental health need) within a CCG or STP area. It currently shows the actual amount spent for the last two financial years for which spending data is available. The figures can be examined from a national perspective, or at CCG and STP level. You can also compare data with up to four other areas.

 

Exploring the charts: To explore CCGs or STPs, click on the tab then click in the box to compare data sets. The data for Q2 of 2020/21 has yet to be published by NHS Digital.

Policy context

As part of the NHS Long Term Plan, the Government has committed to ensuring mental health services to continue to receive a growing share of the NHS budget, increasing by at least £2.3 billion a year in real terms by 2023/24.

The Mental Health Investment Standard (MHIS), set by NHS England, requires all CCGs in England to increase their spending on mental health services by a greater proportion than their overall increase in budget allocation each year. MHIS assessments do not take spending on Learning Disability and Dementia services into account. 

While there are no specific national or regional targets for spending on mental health services per person, given the commitment for national spending to be increased by at least £2.3 billion annually, it is anticipated that spending will rise.

Notes: We have standardised the figures to take account of mental health need in CCG and STP areas using NHS England needs-based population data for 2018/19 and 2019/20. These data also include spending on Learning Disability and Dementia services. Additional allocations are expected to be made to CCGs during the 2019/20 financial year that will be reflected in final spending figures for that year.

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