The Independent Mental Health Services Alliance has called for sustained investment in mental health services and best-value commissioning for patients, in the light of a new funding report from the Department of Health.

The report suggests that while cash investment in mental health services has increased since 2010/2011 by 1.2%, this amounts to a real term decrease of 1.0%. This follows a report earlier in the year by the London School of Economics, highlighting that mental health services are missing out in investment.

Commenting, IMHSA Chair Dr Alison Rose-Quirie said: “IMHSA members recognise that difficult decisions are being made about funding priorities in the NHS. However, it is imperative that commissioners recognise the proven benefits of investing in high-quality mental health services. According to the LSE, only 13% of NHS funds go on treating mental illness.

“A focus on early identification and treatment of mental health conditions will help achieve positive results for patients and save the NHS money in the medium to long term, by preventing conditions from getting worse and start to achieve the government’s stated aim of parity of esteem between physical and mental health care.”

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Notes to Editors:

1. For more information, please contact Gemma Stockwood on 07835770312 or 020 7227 1640

2. About IMHSA: IMHSA is a leading group of independent service providers dedicated to the delivery of improved outcomes for people with mental health problems. Members are: The Ansel Group, Care UK, Cygnet Health, Huntercombe Group, Mental Health Care UK, Partnerships in Care, St Andrew's Healthcare and The Retreat at York. Collectively we run more than 600 settings across the country, delivering a wide range of high-quality services to adults with mental health problems.