Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services (CYPMHS)

Local transformation plans and eating disorder services

Guidance has been published to support improvements in children and young people’s mental health, in line with ‘Future in Mind’. The work aims to build accessible, evidence-based, outcome-focussed services in collaboration with children, young people and families.

  • Transformation Plan Guidance provides information on the development of Local Transformation Plans for CCGs working with children, young people and families, and commissioning partners and providers as well as CCG funding allocations.
  • Eating Disorder Guidance, a joint publication with National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH), is a ‘how to’ guide for commissioners to support the implementation of dedicated community eating disorder services for children and young people with an access and waiting time standard. Along with the guidance, NCCMH created a workforce calculator to assist commissioners and providers to work together to establish the correct mix of skills and staff required for a dedicated community-based eating disorder team. In August 2019 an Addendum was published along with a helpful resources document to support the delivery of integrated care between dedicated Community Eating Disorder services and inpatient or intensive day care services. Guidance to support the implementation of dedicated community eating disorder services for adults and integration with day and inpatient care settings, with a helpful resources document, was also published in August 2019.

The System Dynamic Modelling Tool

In October 2014, NHS England appointed Central Southern Commissioning Support Unit working with Oxford Health and Healthcare Decisions to develop a modelling tool for Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services (CYPMHS). This tool will support commissioners and wider health and social care communities to review current CYPMHS provision and plan future investment in community and inpatient CYPMHS across the whole health, social care and education pathway and includes both the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA) and iThrive. Following live-user testing and feedback, the full final version of the tool, combining Community and Inpatient care is available on the Central Southern Commissioning Support Unit website.

If you are currently commissioning CYPMHS the following resources will be of use: