Future in mind – promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing’ makes a number of proposals the government wishes to see by 2020. These include:
tackling stigma and improving attitudes to mental illness
introducing more access and waiting time standards for services
establishing ‘one stop shop’ support services in the community
improving access for children and young people who are particularly vulnerable
The report sets out how much of this can be achieved through better working between the NHS, local authorities, voluntary and community services, schools and other local services. It also makes it clear that many of these changes can be achieved by working differently, rather than needing significant investment.
The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce was set up last year and was co-chaired by Jon Rouse, Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at the Department of Health, and Martin McShane, Director for Long-Term Conditions at NHS England.
‘Future in mind’ is a government report that sets out the case for change in delivery of mental health services for children and young people. It makes recommendations around improving early intervention and prevention; simplifying structures and improving access; sustaining a culture of evidence-based service improvements; and better joining up of services.
NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working together with local partners across the NHS, local authority public health, children’s services, education and youth justice sectors and voluntary and community sectors to develop Local Transformation Plans for delivering improvements in children and young people’ s mental health and wellbeing in Northamptonshire over the next 5 years.
The CCG will take guidance and approval from NHS England Specialised Commissioning and the local Health and Wellbeing Board in developing a vision for the future - to ensure that every child or young person gets the help they need when and where they need it.
Northamptonshire’s Transformation Plans
Our draft local transformation plans cover the whole spectrum of services of children and young people’s health and wellbeing. In line with national guidance, our plans also contain a clear focus on specific deliverables where additional funding has been allocated, ie Eating Disorder Services.
The draft strategy will be submitted to NHS England in September for approval and sign off in October 2015. Local councillors and officers have already given their support. A copy of our draft report can be downloaded here.
These plans are also interdependent with the Crisis Care Concordat Action plan 2015, the development of the Autism/ADHD Strategy and Action Plan 2016 and the Northamptonshire Children and Young People Community Health Transformation programme.