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Future of Children's Mental Health Services in East Yorkshire Discussed


1:32pm 25th January 2013

Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council are actively seeking views of young people, their carers and parents on plans to enhance local specialist mental health services for children and young people.

There are approximately 135,000 children and young people aged 0- 19 in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. From time to time all children and young people will have emotional problems that affect their wellbeing, and, for most, these problems are short-lived and easily resolved with the right support from friends, family and others, including health, social care and education professionals. For a small number of young people the problems are more severe and more specialist mental health assessment, support and sometimes treatment is required. These problems include for example; depression and anxiety, behaviour disorders, eating disorders, psychosis, and self-harming.

The review of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) has been prompted by feedback from service users and providers that access and waiting times within the service could be improved. Young people, their parents and carers will therefore be invited to share their views and experience of the service.

Feedback on the re-design proposals will also be sought from staff working in a wide range of organisations including health, schools, social care and the voluntary sector who are involved in supporting young people experiencing mental health issues.

The outcome of the review will enable both CCGs to work with local authority partners to plan and commission an enhanced community CAHMS service with improved outcomes through earlier intervention for young people who are experiencing mental health problems.

Dr Gina Palumbo, local GP and Chair of NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG said:

“The Clinical Commissioning Groups are very keen to incorporate young people’s views and experiences in the re-design of CAMHS to ensure that they receive the best experience from the point of referral through to assessment, support, treatment and discharge.

“Our shared vision with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, through our joint Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Strategy, is for young people, parents, carers and professionals to know where to turn to for the right level of assessment, intervention and support when they need it.”

Dr Dan Roper, local GP and NHS Hull CCG lead for Partnerships which includes Children and Young People, said:

“The CAMHS review will seek to use the feedback from service users to enhance the service to make it easier to access, swift to respond and ensure care and treatment is provided as close to home as possible.

“Developing high quality specialist services like CAMHS supports NHS Hull CCG commissioning strategy and the delivery of the Hull Health and Wellbeing Board priorities, ensuring that young people in Hull live their lives to their full potential.”

  • The CAMHS review will run until 15 March 2013. During January and February 2013 there will be a series of targeted focus groups, informal workshops and other opportunities for children, young people and their parents/carers to share their views and experiences. A copy of the survey questionnaire and details of focus groups can be found on East Riding of Yorkshire CCG’s website at: www.eastridingofyorkshire.nhs.uk/camhs
  • The views of GPs, nurses, teachers, special educational needs co-ordinators, social workers and youth workers will help to develop and agree a set of local treatment pathways for the most common mental health conditions affecting children and young people and develop an improved model of service.


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