The role of Children’s and Young People's Mental Health and Maternity Strategic Clinical network (CNs) in Yorkshire and the Humber is to support co-operative action for the benefit of patients between the component parts of the health and social care system.


The work of CN is underpinned by the values of the NHS Constitution, and provides a unique way to address the requirement that “The NHS works across organisational boundaries and in partnership with other organisations in the interest of patients, local communities and the wider population


The activities outlined in the CN work plans are the result of extensive consultation between all interested and involved parties: patients, clinicians, commissioners, service providers, system assurers and national clinical leaders.


Both areas of the CN maintain effective working relationships and are integrated into the broader health and care structure through:

  • Regular attendance at Yorkshire and Humber wide commissioning and locality CCG Collaborative commissioning meetings to provide insight and information as requested, and to ensure CCG perspectives are central to SCN activities, and to account for their activity.
  • Working with Area Teams in their commissioning, quality overview and system convenor roles.
  • Developing identified clinical links at each CCG/provider with whom CNs can liaise and communicate;
  • Regular contact and involvement with NHS England (North) and national structures including relevant National Clinical Directors.


Children and Young People's Mental Health and Maternity Working Principles:

The key guiding principles for the work of the CN will be:

  • To acknowledge, value and build on the history of successful clinical networking across Yorkshire and the Humber, maintaining engagement with stakeholders to avoid duplications and loss of intelligence.
  • To embrace new clinical communities and consistencies, supporting their growth and development
  • To ensure active engagement of CN constituent organisations and a co-ordinated approach to stakeholder engagement in, and communication about, the improvement agenda for the prescribed SCN conditions
  • To ensure the patient perspective, voice and experience is central to the activities of the CN, directing and informing our work
  • To support a whole-system awareness and approach, seeking to achieve improvement across complex care pathways


What Will Our Success Factors Be?

The success of CN’s activities will be evaluated in functional, operational and outcome dimensions:

  • Functional: CN structures and activities will be central to the operational and development of health and social care services in Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Operational: CN guidance, facilitation and review will result in improved service quality and efficiency
  • Outcomes: CN led work programmes will delivery demonstrably improved outcomes and experience for patient


What Do We Do Day to Day?

Providing support and leadership through clinical consensus to reduce unwarranted variations in services in relation to children’s and maternity services;


Co-ordinating the expertise of commissioners, providers, academic health science networks, and health and wellbeing boards to overcome challenges faced and highlighted in the outcomes framework domain areas;


Encouraging innovation and spreading best practice;


Offering support and assurance to commissioners to support their core purpose of quality improvement as outlined in the mandate and outcomes framework;


Meaningful engagement with local patients, carers and members of the public affected by issues in maternity and children’s services and by advancing equality and tackling health inequalities.




What are we Doing in Children and Young People's Mental Health?

  • Hosting the Yorkshire and Humber CAMHS Steering Group
  • Coordinating a series of stakeholder events for CAMHS providers and commissioners
  • Supporting Lead Commissioners for the Future in Mind recommendations
  • ´╗┐Focussing on transition services received by young people in Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Supporting CCGs and providers in developing and improvement their Asthma management for Children and Young People
  • Supporting the development of improved data collection tools
  • Working collaboratively with regional stakeholders
  • Ensuring appropriate user involvement in work programme activities through CYP Involve


What are we Doing in Maternity Services?

  • Focusing on reducing stillbirths and improving services for bereaved families
  • Reviewing region wide admissions for term babies to and from neonatal care and improving experience for the families involved
  • Reviewing perinatal mental health provision across the region
  • Reviewing and improving maternal critical care services
  • Supporting the development of improved data collection tools at a regional and North of England level
  • Working collaboratively with regional stakeholders
  • Ensuring appropriate user involvement in work programme activities


What are our Cross Cutting Themes of Work Across Children and Young People's Mental Health and Maternity?

  • Data and intelligence
  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Service configuration
  • Workforce and sustainability
  • Primary care involvement and engagement
  • Whole system integrated working (including matrix working across CNs)
  • Improving patient experience


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