NHS and schools in England to transform children’s mental health care
- Date:24 Dec 2018
- Category: News
The NHS is uniting with schools and colleges in 25 areas across England to provide expert mental health support for up to half a million pupils a year – part of the Government’s ambitious plans to transform children and young people’s mental health through the NHS Long-Term Plan.
New Mental Health Support Teams will support a population of more than 470,000 children and young people, who will be based in and near schools and colleges, with support starting from next year. The first cohort of new staff are on track to begin their training at seven universities nationwide in January.
One in nine young people aged five to 15 had a mental health condition in 2017 and teenagers with a mental disorder are more than two and a half times more likely to have a mental disorder in adulthood.
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said: “Children and young people with mental illness should receive the same level of support as those with physical illness.
“Made possible by the extra £20.5 billion we are investing in the NHS, today’s announcement will see the health and education systems come together so our children can access the help they need at school and takes us a step closer to achieving our goal of parity between mental and physical health.”
Each designated team will support up to 8,000 children and young people and will be responsible for a cluster of around 20 schools and colleges each, depending on their size.
The teams will build on support already in place from school counsellors, nurses, educational psychologists and the voluntary sector to treat those with mild to moderate mental health issues in school and will help children and young people with more severe needs to access the right support and provide a link to specialist NHS services.
Chris Piercy, Executive Director of Nursing, Patient Safety and Quality for NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We are delighted to have been selected as one of a handful of trailblazer areas from across the country.
“This opportunity will help us with our intention to support young people when they experience mental health difficulties, and can help to ensure that essential support is available when the signs of mental health issues first appear.”
The 25 trailblazer areas are:
- North Kirklees CCG and Greater Huddersfield CCG
- Northumberland CCG
- Doncaster CCG and Rotherham CCG
- Newcastle Gateshead CCG
- South Tyneside CCG
- Liverpool CCG
- Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
Midlands and East:
- Herts Valley CCG and East and North Hertfordshire CCG
- Stoke on Trent CCG
- Nottingham North East CCG and Rushcliffe CCG
- South Warwickshire CCG
- North Staffordshire CCG
- Gloucestershire CCG
- Swindon CCG
- North Kent CCG Grouping: Swale CCG and Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG
- Berkshire West CCG
- Oxfordshire CCG
- Buckinghamshire CCG
- SW London HCP – Wandsworth, Sutton and Merton CCGs
- Tower Hamlets CCG
- West London CCG
- Haringey CCG
- Bromley CCG
- Camden CCG
- Hounslow CCG