Date lodged: 24 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-03842 by Maureen Watt on 2 November 2016, whether it will provide (a) a breakdown of how the £54.1 million over four years to reduce waiting times in mental health services will be spent and (b) details of how each area of investment will be evaluated.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 5 December 2016
The First Minister announced £54.1 million of funding over 4 years from 2016-17 to improve access to mental health services on 12 January, 2016. Following that announcement this letter provides further information on that package of support and the allocations to NHS Boards.
This package of funding represents the initial announcement of support from within the £150 million awarded to mental health by the Scottish Government to 2015-20. It comprises three specific elements which total £54.1 million over four years and is intended to support the delivery of the LDP access standards for both CAMHS and psychological therapies. The package includes:
An allocation to NHS Boards to increase capacity to deliver services (24.7m);
Support for the development of the mental health workforce to enhance supply and training of workforce to deliver evidence-based therapies, delivered by NHS Education for Scotland (£24.6m);
The delivery of a Mental Health Access Improvement Support Programme, delivered by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (£4.8m).
This package of support has been structured to focus on improving access to mental health services and support for NHS Boards to:
Deliver reductions in waiting times and the achievement of the LDP standard for CAMHS and Psychological Therapies.
Improve access to mental health services in response to the local need identified within the LDP.
Deliver a workforce development plan for mental health workforce.
National published data on access to service and workforce will be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the investment.
A summary of the funding can be seen in the following table: