Budget funding for mental health care – good money after bad?

Dorothy Jarvis-Lee
Dorothy Jarvis-Lee

ubu has welcomed the boost to mental health services in this week’s budget and said that partnered with the new NHS vanguards it provides a real opportunity to deliver improvements to mental health services.


But chief executive, Dorothy Jarvis Lee warned that the chance could be missed if some within the NHS did not abandon old style thinking and attitudes on funding health services.


She said that there must now be checks and measures to ensure that real help was delivered to those most in need and society received the maximum value for money.


“Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England has said that it would give the NHS the resources to treat more than 100,000 young people by 2020 and provide a welcome boost to the Cinderella service.  Now we want that transformed from words into action,” she said.


When you have:

  • 28 percent of pre-school children face problems that have an impact on their psychological development
  • one in ten five-to-16-year-olds has a mental disorder
  • one in six young adults aged 16-24 has a common mental disorder,
  • about 500,000 children and young people say they are unhappy and dissatisfied with their lives
  •  75 per cent of adult mental health problems are present before age of 18
  • “Sadly some of this energy and impetus could be lost unless current commissioners change their mind-set and welcome collaboration with those of us in the private sector.   The current system is too fractured, too complex and too under-resourced and while this money goes some way to change things there is still work to be done on the others
  • “We have a track record of delivering real improvements to the lives of the people we serve.  Already we have looked at becoming pioneering partners with some of the vanguards in the areas where we have settings and look forward to collaborating.
  • “ubu welcome this cash injection but want to see the new NHS vanguards that Simon Steven  has set up consult with external providers,” Mrs Jarvis – Lee added.
  • then you have a real problem.

“Practical plans include:

  • waiting-time standards for children
  • family support work
  • better training for clinicians and staff in schools
  • the development of help via websites and online apps
  • the launch of a hard-hitting anti-stigma campaign.

“The amount of money being injected into mental health is a considerable amount and should in reality make a significant difference; however you can throw as much cash at it as you like, but it will not benefit anyone if the organisational structure is not improved.  It needs to be very carefully implemented and more crucially managed.”


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