HSJ revealed this week that investment in mental health by CCGs will rise by 8 per cent over the next three years to nearly £11bn if they meet mandated spending targets. However, more than one in 10 CCGs are predicting their mental health spend will fall from 2016-17 to 2017-18.

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This week we look at the organisations shortlisted for the Innovation in Mental Health category at the HSJ Awards 2017.

  • Cardiff and Vale University Health Board: Developed a service to meet the needs of people diagnosed with dementia before the age of 65. The service saw an increase in referral rates and realised savings of £590,000 in the first year of operation.
  • Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust: Developed a service to improve the safety of people suffering from domestic violence, resulting in a high number of referrals and early identification of victims.
  • Lancashire Care Foundation Trust: Developed an alternative to hospital admission for people in a mental health crisis, saving £1,324,300.
  • London Ambulance Service Trust: Embedded specialist clinical support in the emergency control centre to assist patients calling in a mental health crisis, reducing the number of vehicles dispatched.
  • Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust: Developed a choose and book system to increase access and reduce health inequalities for people with mental health problems. Achieved a reduction in crisis presentations, missed appointments and length of stay.
  • Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust: A multiagency one-stop provision to support young people with mental health issues results in 30-60 new young people attending the service each month.
  • Tavistock and Portman FT: Offering weekly therapies to reduce aggression and violence among high risk violent offenders with antisocial personality disorder, improving their health outcomes.

Exclusive: The 23 CCGs predicting a cut in mental health spending