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National Institute for Mental Health

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the budget is for the National Institute for Mental Health in England in 2008-09; (186743)

(2) how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff are employed by the National Institute for Mental Health in England;

(3) what objectives have been achieved by the National Institute for Mental Health in England since its foundation.

The National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) was established in 2001 as a nationally co-ordinated but regionally focused organisation to support local implementation of mental health priorities across health and social care. NIMHE has provided a dedicated focus on policy implementation and support for service improvement in relation to a wide range of mental health issues that challenge services and commissioners across health and social care. Much of NIMHE’s work has been done at a local level through its regional development centres and the objectives for this work are agreed with and monitored by local stakeholders in the national health service, local authorities and the third sector.

The resources supporting NIMHE are predominantly contained in the funding transferred from the Department to the NHS within the ‘NHS Bundle’. For 2008-09, the planned resource allocation from the NHS bundle is £19.375 million.

There are 108, or 90.64 whole-time equivalent, staff either with full or fixed term contracts are directly employed on NIMHE work programmes and another 113, or 59 whole-time equivalent, are working on a seconded or temporary basis on specific projects.

Approximately one third of costs go on staff, most of whom work in regional development centres. The majority of expenditure is used to fund policy implementation and capacity development initiatives at national, regional and local levels, for example supporting the delivery of improving access to psychological therapies pilots, delivering race equality community engagement projects, promoting new ways of working among mental health staff.