Category: Talking Therapies

From Pulse. 15th September 2010

Exclusive: PCTs are cutting Local Enhanced Service funding for counselling and other mental health services, a Pulse investigation reveals.

Our analysis of data obtained from 129 English PCTs under the Freedom of Information Act show nearly a third of trusts providing a mental health LES last year have decided to stop funding them.

Of the 17 trusts who had mental health LESs in place in 2009/10, five said they would not continue funding beyond the last financial year and GPs in these areas have not received any funding since April.

NHS South Gloucestershire scrapped its depression LES, while NHS City and Hackney axed its mental health LES. PCTs in Bristol, Bournemouth and Somerset all cut their LESs that had provided counselling services for people with depression, mental illnesses and drug abuse.

Click here to find out more!A spokesperson for NHS South Gloucestershire said: ‘We did have a LES with GPs with a value of approximately £100,000. This was discontinued when we significantly increased the amount we spend on primary mental health services to approximately £1.2 million. Services are now delivered through an IAPT programme and counselling services delivered by other providers.’

A spokesperson for NHS City and Hackney said: ‘A review by the commissioning of primary care board, which includes GPs in its membership, came to the conclusion that there was an overlap with QOF. Depression in 2010-11 is covered under QOF.’

Since April trusts have received funding from the Department of Health to set up IAPT services as part of their baseline budgets, rather than as direct DH grants to pilot areas as previously. Mental health campaign groups have warned that the lack of ringfenced funds meant existing talking treatments and counselling services are being edged out in some areas….

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Staff at a charity helping victims of rape and sexual violence in Leicester fear possible funding cuts may jeopardise its future.

BBC News. 19th August 2010.

“Jasmine House, previously known as Leicester Rape Crisis Centre, counsels about 60 women every week.

It costs £60,000 a year to maintain the centre, and £47,000 of that comes from Leicester City Council.

The council said it was having to make £100m of cuts by 2015 and all areas of spending had to be reviewed.

Cindy Allen, joint centre manager of Jasmine House, said: “Some women aren’t functioning on any level. (They can experience) mental health issues, eating disorders, self harm.

“If they don’t come to us where do these women go?”

‘Work valued’

The charity is now contacting all of the region’s MPs to highlight its case.

City council deputy leader Vi Dempster said: “We are expecting to have to make huge budget cuts and this means reviewing everything we do.

“If we do have to cut our funding to Jasmine House it won’t be because we don’t value the work they are doing.”

Leicestershire County Council provides over £10,000 of annual funding for the centre but is also facing £66m of cuts.”

Jasmine House.

Vulnerable young people and low income families suffer as grants are axed

From the Runcorn and Widnes World. 7th September 2010.

“SEVERE cuts in Government grants of £6.8 million from this year’s spending have forced Halton Council to axe 41 jobs and slash services.

Councillors unanimously approved an amended budget at an extra-ordinary meeting in Runcorn Town Hall last week.

Vulnerable teenagers, low income families, children in care, mentally ill youngsters, victims of crime and domestic violence and young people suffering drug and alcohol misuse will be hit by the loss of funding.

Council leader, Clr Rob Polhill, now fears further coalition cuts of up to £15 million a year for the next three years could have a more devastating impact on the local community.

He said: “This is absolutely unprecedented.

“Halton, which is a deprived community is bearing the brunt of these cuts.

“We have taken a bigger hit than many other areas. It is totally unfair and a worry for us.

“We are under no illusion, services will suffer.”

Halton has lost £17.09 per head, more than double the national average of £8.75.

The loss of £601,379, allocated to Halton as one of the most deprived areas, means schemes to tackle teenage pregancies, domestic violence and anti-social behaviour will be cut.

Counselling and care for children and young people with mental health lost £50,000….”

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Doctors Issue Warning on Mental Health Cuts.

From the Oxford Mail. 13th August 2010.

“TOP mental health consultants have voiced “grave concerns” about proposed cuts to mental health services in Oxfordshire in a letter leaked to the Oxford Mail.

About £5.3m worth of service cuts are being planned to hit Oxfordshire, which could result in a 19 per cent reduction in frontline and administration staff.

A document passed to the Oxford Mail showed the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health (OBMH) trust plans to make the savings by 2014.

It cares for around 14,000 Oxfordshire people with mental health conditions and many patients and families have spoken of their worry at the changes.

Now a letter sent anonymously, but signed on behalf of six key mental health consultants, has outlined serious worries about cuts to front line staff, home visits and risk to patient care.

It warned: “As a 19 per cent reduction in staff and a major reconfiguration of the service are both independently potential sources of risk to patient safety, patient outcomes and untreated morbidity we view these as substantial and controversial changes…..”

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Further links to articles about this story:

UNITE 14th July 2010

This is Oxfordshire 17th July 2010