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Commissioning neuropsychiatry services: barriers and lessons

  • Rahul Bhattacharya (a1), Hugh Rickards (a2) and Niruj Agrawal (a3)
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Aims and method

Previous studies have shown variations in commissioning of neuropsychiatry services and this makes access to neuropsychiatric services a postcode lottery. In this survey, we approached all mental health and neuropsychiatric service commissioners within London to map current funding and commissioning arrangements, and explored perceived barriers to neuropsychiatric service commissioning.

Results 83% of commissioners within London responded. There was significant variability between neuropsychiatric services commissioned through the mental health stream. Contracting arrangements were variable. Lack of earmarked fund for neuropsychiatry and disjointed funding stream for such services were identified by commissioners as a barrier, as was the critical mass of neuropsychiatric cases.

Clinical implications

Neuropsychiatric service development continues to be hindered by lack of clear commissioning process. Strategic drive is needed to promote more equitable neuropsychiatric services. National or regional commissioning covering a large population will provide a better model for neuropsychiatric services to be commissioned.

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This is an open-access article published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Correspondence to Niruj Agrawal (niruj.agrawal@swlstg-tr.nhs.uk)
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Commissioning neuropsychiatry services: barriers and lessons

  • Rahul Bhattacharya (a1), Hugh Rickards (a2) and Niruj Agrawal (a3)
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