Extra funding for pregnant and new mothers’ mental health announced

NHS England has announced extra funding will be made available to improve the mental health of at least 3,000 pregnant women and those who have recently given birth.

 A total of £23 million is available during wave 2 of the  Perinatal Mental Health community services development fund.

The funding is part of a major programme of improvement and investment supporting the ambition in the Mental Health Five Year Forward View that, by 2020/21, there will be increased access to specialist perinatal mental health support , enabling  an additional 30,000 women to receive evidence-based treatment, closer to home, when they need it.

From 2019/20  funding for specialist perinatal mental health community services will be allocated through clinical commissioning group baseline (CCG) budgets.

 This funding will see 30,000 additional women getting specialist mental health care, in person and through online consultations including over Skype, during the early stages of motherhood, by 2021.

Further information and details about proposals can be found on the NHS England website 


Commissioner Sustainability Fund and financial control totals for 2018/19: guidance

NHS England| Commissioner Sustainability Fund and financial control totals for 2018/19: guidance


This document provides details of a targeted fund, the Commissioner Sustainability Fund (CSF), it provides a fund totalling up to £400  million. The CSF has been established to support those clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) that would otherwise be unable to live within their means for 2018/19.

Combined with the additional monies being allocated to all CCGs and the lifting of restrictions re non-recurrent monies, NHS England expects that all CCGs will therefore be able to live within their means during 2018/19.

The full document, The Commissioner Sustainability Fund and financial control totals for 2018/19: guidance,  is  available here .

Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19

NHS England & NHS Improvement | Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19

This publication  responds to the November 2017 Budget announcement of additional NHS funding of  £1.6bn for 2018/19, which will increase funding for emergency & urgent care and elective surgery.


It outlines how additional funding will impact on frontline services such as primary care and A&E services. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is making a further £540 million available through the Mandate over the coming financial year.

It also sets out plans for the development of accountable care systems into integrated care systems. The guidance is accompanied by revised clinical commissioning group allocations for 2018/19.

The publication Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19 is here

A link to the revised CCG allocations is also available

Infographic to show CCG allocations are here



Sustainability and transformation in the NHS

Sustainability and transformation in the NHS |  The National Audit Office

This report examines the progress the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement have made towards achieving financial balance.  It provides a summary of the financial position of NHS England, CCGs and trusts. It also looks at what the Department, NHS England and NHS Improvement have done to support local NHS bodies to improve their financial positions; and examines the support the national bodies have given local NHS bodies to help them work better in partnership.

Full document: Sustainability and transformation in the NHS


How much has the NHS saved by holding down pay?

Pay restrictions meant £2.6 billion less for NHS staff last year | Nuffield Trust


With the NHS in England in recent years on a savings drive, this comment from Mark Dayan of The Nuffield Trust asks how much staff have contributed through freezes and caps on their pay packets. But the question is a tricky one. To answer, we need to be able to compare what has actually happened to pay with what would have happened if the NHS hadn’t been trying to make any savings. This data blog explores further and puts a figure on it.

Read the full blog post here


What does the Autumn Budget mean for the NHS and social care?

In the budget this week, the Chancellor committed around £2 billion extra for the NHS next year. Nigel Edwards of the Nuffield Trust said this will bring respite for patients and staff, but is only around half of what’s needed.

In a Q&A about the budget, Tom Moberly, The BMJ’s UK editor, met with John Appleby (Nuffield Trust), Anita Charlesworth (Health Foundation) and Siva Anandaciva (King’s Fund) to discuss what it all means for the NHS and social care. You can watch the discussion below:


£4 billion needed next year to stop NHS care deteriorating

Analysis from the Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust suggests the government must find at least £4 billion more for the NHS in the Budget to stop patient care deteriorating next year.


The briefing calls on the government to recognise the immediate funding pressures facing the sector in 2018/19, which will see NHS funding growth fall to its lowest level in this parliament.

The publication also urges the government to act to close the growing funding gaps facing the health and care system, which it says are now having a clear impact on access to care.

The report calls for a credible medium-term strategy to better match the resources for the health and care service with the demands it faces, and proposes a new independent body to be established to identify the long-term health care needs of the population and the staffing and funding required to meet these needs.

Full briefing: The Autumn Budget:  Joint statement on health and social care

Related press release from The Health Foundation