In March 2015 the Mental Health Taskforce published Future in Mind: a report with 49 recommendations for improving children and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing. Following the release of Future in Mind, areas were asked to produce Local Transformation Plans (LTPs) which would outline how they would bring about the necessary changes to improve children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing over the coming 5 years. These plans were importantly produced at a local level with the valuable input of children and young people themselves. There are 15 plans covering Yorkshire & the Humber, which were refreshed annually and are made publically available on websites by 31 October.
What Are We Doing?
We are a small team but bring together lots of different agencies and sectors across Yorkshire & the Humber to help them deliver their Local Transformation Plan aims and aspirations. One way we do this is by hosting a Lead Commissioner Forum which meets bi-monthly and provides a place for those responsible for making the changes happen to come together, share ideas and tackle common issues. At this forum we also provide time for commissioners and STP/ICS Leads to come together. Key roles of the Clinical Network are to be a source of advice and guidance, facilitate the sharing of innovative working and best practice and provide a link between NHS England and local areas, as well as leading on particular programmes of work. Therefore, in response to local need and national guidance we have developed a work programme which focuses on common themes from LTPs and Future in Mind recommendations, such as:
Alongside these common themes we support a wide range of other topics relating to children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing, including:
How Do We Operate?
In Yorkshire and the Humber we host a Children and Young People’s Mental Health Steering Group which brings together a wide range of organisations and sectors at a strategic level to deliver a governance function and collaborative working on common themes from Future in Mind.
Feeding into both the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Steering Group and the Lead Commissioner Forum is the important voice of children and young people themselves, with an Advisory Group called Stairways. This Advisory Group will help keep us on track and make sure we are making changes that truly meet the needs of children and young people in our area.
To support shared learning we host an annual learning event, the most recent been in March 2018, where we reflect on the fantastic work taking place to delivery tangible improvement in the care and support that children and young people receive.
Alongside all of this we are proud to support the Heads Together Campaign.
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