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City and Hackney spends more on children's mental health than neighbours


City and Hackney spends significantly more per head on children and young people’s mental health services than its London neighbours, analysis by the Royal College of Psychiatrists reveals.

City and Hackney, where child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are rated outstanding, last year spent £81.10 per child on CAMHS.

In contrast, Redbridge clinical commissioning group (CCG) and Newham CCG, part of the same north east London NHS ‘footprint’ as City and Hackney, spent just £31.58 and £42.3 respectively.

The college looked at what CCGs spent on children and young people’s mental health and eating disorder services in 2016-17 based on the latest update to NHS England’s mental health dashboard.

It then took the Office for National Statistics mid year population estimates to work out what each CCG spent per child and young person aged 0-17 that year. The population estimates are not weighted in terms of need and deprivation.

Healthwatch Hackney director Jon Williams said it was clear a commitment to mental health services for children and young people produced positive results.

‘Families tell us that overall they have a very good experience of local CAMHS. Under new commissioning arrangements for north east London, successful CCGs like City and Hackney will be expected to bail out others doing less well.

Mental health spending must be increased in all areas of north east London, not levelled down to the lowest spending area. Much needed improvements to CAMHS services elsewhere in north east London must not happen at the expense of vulnerable children in City and Hackney,' he added.

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