Mental health services: meeting the need for capital investment

As we outlined in our report, Rebuilding our NHS: Why it’s time to invest, there has been prolonged under-investment in facilities across the English NHS.

However, while restricted capital funding is affecting all sectors of the NHS, there is a particular need for capital investment within the mental health sector. NHS mental health providers receive less capital funding than might be expected given the sector’s proportion of turnover across the whole of the NHS provider sector.

Furthermore, while the additional capital investment the government has announced to date has been welcome, it has been largely acute focused.

This briefing summarises the findings of a survey we sent to NHS mental health trusts and foundation trusts to gather further evidence on the sector’s capital funding needs, to support the case we are making for the sector to receive its fair share of capital investment in future.

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