Bids invited for provision of new mental health service for young people in Humber and North and North East Lincolnshire

The next stage in the development of a new mental health service for young people in Hull, the East Riding of Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire takes a major step forward  as organisations with specialist mental health care experience are now able to bid to provide this vital new service. The service will consist of general adolescent beds with co-located psychiatric intensive care beds (11 beds in total) to serve young people living in the locality.

During the summer, NHS England invited young people and their families who have experience of mental health services to inform the new mental health service proposal for the area and this feedback will be used to ensure that the new service reflects as far as possible the needs and wants of patients and carers. We will also be inviting young people and their carers to help us to evaluate the bids so they are involved in every step of the process..

Robert Cornall Regional Director of Specialised Commissioning, NHS England North said: “The announcement of the commencement of the procurement is an important step forward in the development of this new service for young people living in this area.  The consultation events provided valuable information in helping commissioners understand the experience that children, young people and families have. This feedback has helped to shape the procurement documentation to ensures the new service is centred around making tangible differences to the experience of children and young people in relation to their mental health and emotional wellbeing.“

The Humber area is the first of the geographical areas in Yorkshire and Humber to begin this process. A detailed piece of work has been carried out to assess the number of general adolescent and psychiatric intensive care beds required across each geographical location of Yorkshire and Humber. The process and timescales for the areas of West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and York and South Yorkshire will be announced shortly.

This invitation to run this specialised service aims towards the awarding of a contract to the preferred bidders by mid 2017.

For further information, please contact tel 07824 124484.