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Mental Health Services: Finance

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the statement of 10 October 2007, Official Report, columns 297-300, on health and social care, how much of the funding of £170 million for a psychological therapy service has been allocated to each health trust; and if he will make a statement. (287124)

Annual funding for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (IAPT) will rise to £173 million in its third year (2010-11) and funding is allocated to strategic health authorities on the basis of a weighted capitation formula.

Under this formula, primary care trusts are allocated funding based on their share of the total population in England, weighted to account for an individual PCT’s population’s healthcare needs relative to other PCTs.

Allocations to PCTs are made by regional programme boards to those services that meet IAPT programme quality standards. These relate to: clinical leadership; a third of the staff being appropriately qualified to supervise and support the trainees; suitable accommodation for the services to operate from; training provided in line with the programme’s national curricula; data systems that can collect outcome information effectively for at least 90 per cent. of patients; and recruitment and work force planning.