Our Mental Health Investment Standard

To support the ambitions within the NHS Long Term Plan, we are committed to ensuring that essential investment in mental health services continues to grow at a faster rate than the overall NHS budget we receive. The Mental Health Investment Standard builds on progress made over the last few years as set out in 2016 in NHS England’s Five year forward view – the ‘blueprint’ for improving mental health services – informed by the views of thousands of patients, their families and medical professionals.

Our Mental Health Investment Standard has been reviewed by an independent auditor and shows that we have fully met our obligations of continued investment in mental health services, at a faster rate than our overall published programme funding.

We are committed to the development and provision of high quality mental health services that meet the changing needs of our population in Somerset and we are continuing to work closely with our local healthcare providers to expand and develop new services.

Following a successful audit, the full Mental Health Investment Standard audit findings report is now available: