The Future in Mind report (2015) identified the need for improving children and young people’s mental health and well-being by promoting resilience, prevention, early intervention and improving access to effective support. Correspondingly the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health implementation plan (2016) set the objective that by 2021, at least 70,000 additional children and young people each year will receive evidence-based treatment through increased access to NHS-funded community services nationally.The Clinical Network brings together local transformation leads from Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authority, Mental Health Services, Health Education England, Public Health England and Specialised Commissioning to steer and drive regional service transformation. A number of work streams have been established to help improve services for children and young people in line with national guidance.
Eating Disorders working group
Developing dedicated community eating disorder services in-line with national commissioning guidance to ensure that children and young people can start treatment within in one week for urgent cases and four weeks for routine cases.
Crisis working group
Improving support for children and young people who experience a mental health crisis, through the development of 24/7 urgent and emergency mental health services.
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
IAPT for young people by providing training for NHS staff in evidence based therapies via the establishment of the East Midlands IAPT collaborative.
Supporting providers and commissioners to improve quality and flow of data to the Mental Health Services Data set, in order to monitor, assess and improve service provision.
Place based plans
Bringing together commissioners of community and inpatient services to develop local pathways and services to help avoid admissions and out of area placements.
Health and Justice
Supporting commissioners to develop services for young people who are at risk of receiving Health & Justice commissioned provision (secure settings), and to support those returning to the community from secure settings.
What are the key resources
Who to contact for further information
Rachael Lewis, Senior Quality Improvement Manager.