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Mental Health Services: Elderly

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much he plans to provide for (a) commissioning of specialist in-reach services from older people’s community mental health teams to work in care homes and (b) specification and commissioning of other in-reach services. (256783)

The Department provides funding for primary care trusts (PCTs) to commission or provide healthcare for their local populations from national health service or independent sector providers. PCTs are responsible for ensuring that adequate healthcare provision exists in their localities, including healthcare provision for the community mental health teams to work in care homes and on the specification and commissioning of other in-reach services.

It is for each PCT to decide how much to spend on the provision or commissioning of any specific treatment or service. In reaching their decisions, PCTs will need to take into account the overall funding of £150 million already announced to support implementation of the National Dementia Strategy in 2009-10 and 2010-11 and of the NHS operating framework.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much he has allocated for the (a) gathering and (b) analysis of data on the (i) nature and (ii) effect of specialist older people's mental health liaison teams' work in general hospitals. (256831)

The Department has allocated £700,000 for this work to take place during 2009-10 and 2010-11.