Mental Health Inpatient and Community Services

Although NHS England has strived to improve the mental health spending with the implementation of the Mental Health Investment Standard, CCGs have raised concerns about meeting such expectations when their resource levels have stagnated (King’s Fund 2018).

The NHS Benchmarking project enables comparisons to be made in areas including quality, finance and workforce, to help organisations face the productivity and efficiency challenge in a collaborative manner. Mental health services have made huge progress in the last decade, especially in perinatal and early intervention in psychosis where there has been increased investment and national improvement in access and waiting times.

This project is for all Mental Health providers. Subscribing member organisations who participate in this project will receive:

  • Access to a benchmarking toolkit, allowing you to benchmark your service across more than 11,000 metrics

  • A detailed bespoke report outlining key messages and metrics, which compares your local data against nationally reported positions

  • Free attendance at annual conferences, accessing presentations on project key findings, from national policy leads and members

  • Good practice case studies on how members use the benchmarking to improve service delivery

2018/19 Benchmarking Project

For more than six consecutive years, the NHS Benchmarking Network has been successful in providing Mental Health Trusts in England and Wales quality and performance data that inform future research, national policies and service transformation.

This year, participants include 100% of English Mental Health Trusts, 100% of Welsh University Health Boards and representation from Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Independent Sector.

You can read more about the highlights from the 2018 project in our news section or download our project card.

2019/20 Benchmarking Project

The Mental Health Inpatient & Community Services project is running in the Network’s 2019/20 work programme, collecting 2018/19 data.

For queries about this project, please contact Zoë Morris.

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