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.
Subsequent to this came the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health which further outlined ambitions for improving the care and support given to children and young people. More recently in 2019 the Long Term Plan was published which outlines future ambitions for children and young people's mental health.
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 (LTP) 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, along with other sector representatives and most importantly the views of children and young people via Stairways, our dynamic young people's advisory group. Key roles of the Clinical Network are to be a source of advice and guidance, thought leadership, facilitation of the sharing of innovative working and best practice and provide a link between NHS England and NHS Improvement 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:
In all that we do we listen to the needs, views and ideas from children and young people. This is their charter for services that look after them:
Alongside all of this we are proud to support the Heads Together Campaign.
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