NHS Confederation, January 2017
NHS Improvement and NHS England have published detailed guidance on the new outcomes based payment approach for IAPT services. This follows NHS Improvement’s publication of the 2017/19 National Tariff Payment System (2017/19 NTPS). Within this, rule 8 mandates the use of an outcomes-based payment model for IAPT services from 1 April 2018. The IAPT outcomes-based payment approach intends to balance the need to pay for activity, taking into account case complexity and severity as a driver of cost, with the need to incentivise good outcomes.
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NatCen, November 2016
This study gives insights into whether, and in what ways, reductions in public spending have affected services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB & T) people. NatCen conducted the same research in 2013 looking at the early effects of the cuts, which began in 2010. The key finding of this study was that fears about the effects of public funding cuts reported in 2013 were seen as a reality for some LGB & T service users and service providers by 2016.
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King’s Fund, October 2016
Analysis by the King’s Fund shows that 40 per cent of mental health trusts saw their income fall in 2015/16. This is despite the government’s commitment to parity of esteem for mental health and assurances from NHS England that almost 90 per cent of plans submitted by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) last year included mental health funding increases. The findings are based on analysis of the annual accounts of all 58 mental health trusts in England. Given that mental health trusts provide about 80 per cent of all mental health care, the fact that income fell in so many trusts last year provides a clear indication that the promised funding increases are not reaching the front line.
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Department of Health, May 2016
This guidance document sets out how local crisis care concordat groups can apply for funding to increase the capacity and number of health based places of safety.
If someone is having a mental health crisis and they come to the attention of the police, they may need to be taken to a place of safety – somewhere that is designated as safe under the Mental Health Act.
The best place of safety is in a health setting, so that people, including children and young people, get the care they need for their mental health.
This funding programme aims to increase and improve health based places of safety and continue to reduce police cells being used as an alternative. Bids for a share of the £15 million fund will be managed by the Department of Health.
This is part of the mental health crisis care agreement (Crisis Care Concordat) to support people in a mental health crisis.
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NHS Providers, May 2016
NHS Providers and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) surveyed finance directors in mental health trusts and chief finance officers in CCGs to understand how the parity of esteem commitment is being implemented locally. The survey found that the government’s commitment to parity of esteem between mental and physical health services is being undermined by a failure to ensure funding increases reach the frontline with only half (52%) of providers reporting that they had received a real terms increase in funding of their services in 2015/16.
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The King’s Fund, November 2015
This briefing paper aims to focus on mental health as a system of care, examining individual pressures within the wider context of provider and commissioner actions. Although services for children and adolescents, and older people are very much part of this system of care, this briefing paper focuses on services for adults between the ages of 16 and 65.
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BBC News, 12 November 2015
Cuts to adult mental health services in England have started damaging the quality of care given to patients, a report suggests…
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