Integrated Care System (ICS) for children and young people’s mental health

What is an Integrated Care System (ICS)?

In English regions, local NHS organisations and councils are joining forces to coordinate services around the whole needs of each person. The aim of this national driver is that people can live healthier lives and get the right care and treatment they need, in the right place, at the right time. In our area, the North East and North Cumbria, there is an integrated care system (ICS) dedicated to mental health, which has children and young people as one of its top priorities.

Who are we?

Mental health ICS child health sponsors

  • Jacqui Old, Director of Adult and Children’s Services, North Tyneside LA
  • Dr James Gordon, Clinical Director, Mental Health and Learning Disability, South Tyneside CCG

ICS CYP MHW Partnership co-chairs

  • Dr Lynn Howey
  • Dr Ruth Andrews
  • Richenda Broad

Network delivery lead

  • Dr Emily Henderson (NECN and MH ICS evidence and evaluation sub group)

What is our vision?

Our shared vision is to transform children and young people’s (CYP) services, with a focus on integrating health and social care, to improve CYP’s mental health, physical health and wellbeing. Partnership working, in particular engaging with service users and their carers meaningfully, is a key to our success. Our role is to demonstrate, develop and enable systems leadership which focuses service design on prevention, early detection and recovery along mental health Trust (referred to as Integrated Care Partnerships) and community geographies (referred to as Integrated Care Communities).

What have we achieved so far?

In 2018, we established the CYP Mental Health and Wellbeing ICS Partnership by bringing together partners from across the system of children’s services so that we can work toward integrating services better for the benefit of local families. This Partnership meets every 2 months, and has working groups focusing on different areas of work that are needed in order to transform children’s services, including this new role of integrating health and social care. Partners include, but are not limited to: young people, parent carers, Local Authorities, Public Health England, inpatient care, health and justice, CCGs, children’s service providers, voluntary and community organisations, Health Education England, CYP IAPT, schools, Academic Health Science Network, universities.

What do we plan to do?

We have three top priorities that are indicators of our progress, which all seek to address complexity and complex cases: 1) Building resilience in families, communities and services, 2) reducing crisis and use of crisis services and 3) getting evidence into practice. Our progress will be measured by the success of the working group ‘Scaling up integrated care along resilience, crisis and care pathways’, and improvement in clinical, social and education outcome measures for CYP and their families. We report to the Northern England Clinical Networks’ Mental Health Network and to the North East and North Cumbria Mental Health ICS Steering Group. We also work closely with the Mental Health ICS Evidence and Evaluation subgroup.

How do I get involved?

Please get in touch with us if you would like to get involved in our working groups. These include: ‘Scaling up integrated care’, ‘Transformation and workforce across the whole system’, ‘Voice of CYP and families’, ‘Using Local transformation plans to drive transformation’, ‘Eating disorders network’, ‘Evidence into practice’, ‘Using outcomes to assess transformation’, ‘Local Authority engagement’. The Mental Health Network has cross-cutting themes, including poverty, vulnerable groups, stigma and trauma-informed care.