No child or young person will have a preventable mental health issue
If they do, they will not wait to get the effective help they need
For information about the services, help and support for mental health and wellbeing that is available to parents and young people please see https://cypf.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services/mental-health-services-camhs/
In August 2015, NHS England asked all NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England to develop a local five year plan for the transformation of services that support children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
In East Berkshire we have developed a transformation plan, which will use this extra funding to enhance services. The plan outlines what we want to do with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for the next five years. We will continue to review the plan and take into account any emerging needs over that period.
The Local Transformation Plan for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing has been updated for January 2019 and can be found belowDownload
Prior to this, in early 2014, the CCGs in Berkshire undertook a review of the Berkshire CAMHS service.
The mental well-being of children and young people is important to us all. For young people themselves, good mental health means that they can get the best out of their life, including their education, their friendships and their family. For society, having young people with good mental well-being gives us a firm foundation on which communities can grow and thrive.
This means that the way we provide Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is really important. If we make these services as good as we can, then everyone benefits.
East Berkshire CCG work collaboratively with the local authorities of Bracknell Forest Council, Slough Borough Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire Health Care Foundation Trust and a range of partners are are working together to ensure better access to mental health support for Children and Young People in East Berkshire
East Berks Clinical Commissioning Group and the Health and Wellbeing Boards welcome the opportunity provided by the requirement to produce Local Transformation Plans to work together collaboratively to implement real improvements through the development of local plans for children and young people, living and developing in Ascot, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Slough and Windsor.
To further develop our participation work with children and young people, NHS East Berkshire CCG has allocated funding to develop a Young Health Champions (YHC) programme, accredited by the Royal Society of Public Health. The programme is a partnership approach between health, education, Local Authorities and the voluntary sector.
Phase 1 of the programme has already started in Slough and Bracknell Forest, and Phase 2 will see it extended to more secondary schools across these areas as well as coming to RBWM in 2020. The project aims to:
1. Deliver a young people’s led peer education emotional wellbeing programme
2. Form a co-production network to support peer engagement, communication and service design and commissioning.
Representatives of Youth Participation Groups across East Berkshire met earlier this month to share their priorities for improving Mental Health and Wellbeing Services for Children and Young People (CYP).
East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group facilitated the day in partnership with Local Authorities and the Voluntary Sector to hear from Young people from Slough and Bracknell Forest Young Health Champions, Slough Youth Parliament, the Girls Policy Forum, Kickback Children in Care Council and Young Ambassadors from the Royal Borough.
The day was a great opportunity to bring the groups together and have a conversation with policy and decision makers about how services really need to change to reflect the Mental Health and Wellbeing needs of Children and Young People in East Berkshire.
The comments from the session will feed into the refresh of the CYP Mental Health and Wellbeing East Berkshire Local Transformation Plan (LTP) and the attendees were also given an opportunity to sign up for future co-production and commissioning opportunities.
If you are concerned about the mental health of a young person and want to talk to someone about whether CAMHS can help, please contact the team at the (Children, Young People’s and Families) CYPF Health Hub (BHFT) on 0300 365 1234Find out more
The local authorities of Bracknell Forest Council, Slough Borough Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have produced a parents’ guide aimed at parents and carers of children and young people. These can be downloaded below.