3297 - Mental Health Services: Expenditure (Answered)

Dr Poulter
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funds his Department has provided for mental health research (a) in cash terms, (b) in real terms and (c) as a proportion of the total research and development budget in each year since 2000.

George Freeman

Mental health research spend data is not available for 2000/01 and 2001/02.

Estimated spend on mental health from research and development (R&D) allocations to National Health Service organisations in the period from 2002/03 to 2004/05 is shown in the following table.

£ million

2002/03

45.5

2003/04

48.4

2004/05

51.7

Data is not available for this period for spend on mental health by the Department’s centrally managed research programmes.

The following table shows estimated spend on mental health from the NHS R&D / National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) revenue budget, and this spend as a proportion of total expenditure from this budget.

NHS R&D / NIHR estimated spend on mental health

£ million

Proportion of NHS R&D / NIHR budget

%

2005/06

59.8

9.7

2006/07

64.0

9.7

2007/08

65.6

9.0

2008/09

67.9

8.6

From 2009/10, spend on research funded directly by the NIHR has been categorised by Health Research Classification System (HRCS) health categories. NIHR expenditure on research infrastructure and systems where spend cannot be attributed to health categories is excluded. The following table shows NIHR spend in the ‘mental health’ category, and this spend as a proportion of total categorised spend and as a proportion of total revenue expenditure.

NIHR spend in ‘mental health’ HRCS health category

£ million

Proportion of total categorised NIHR spend

%

Proportion of total NIHR revenue spend

%

2009/10

40.3

7.9

4.7

2010/11

49.8

9.0

5.4

2011/12

53.2

9.0

5.8

2012/13

70.0

9.5

7.3

2013/14

71.7

9.5

7.3

NIHR data for 2014/15 spend in mental health is not yet available.

In addition, the Department commissions research through the Policy Research Programme (PRP) which funds research to inform policy development and implementation across the full range of the Department’s responsibilities. Spend on research funded directly by the PRP in mental health is available for the period from 2010/11 to 2013/14 and is shown below:

£ million

2010/11

0.5

2011/12

1.3

2012/13

0.6

2013/14

0.7

The Department’s expenditure from central R&D revenue budgets is shown in the following table.

NHS R&D / NIHR

£ million

PRP

£ million

TOTAL

£ million

2000/01

448

34

482

2001/02

475

35

510

2002/03

506

33

539

2003/04

533

32

565

2004/05

601

30

631

2005/06

617

29

646

2006/07

662

31

693

2007/08

735

28

763

2008/09

788

37

825

2009/10

851

34

885

2010/11

920

40

960

2011/12

921

31

952

2012/13

955

30

985

2013/14

987

31

1,018

Prior to the establishment of the NIHR in April 2006, the main part of the Department’s total health research expenditure was devolved to and managed by NHS organisations. The NHS organisations reported on their use of these allocations in annual R&D reports. These reports estimated total, aggregated spend on certain priority areas including mental health. Where a research project related to two or more priority areas, the expenditure on it was included within each relevant area. From April 2006 to March 2009, transitional research funding was allocated to these organisations at reducing levels. At the same time, an increasing amount of NHS research funding was awarded competitively through new NIHR programmes and schemes.