Transforming mental health services for children and young people (CAMHS)
Work is well under way to transform mental health services for children and young people living in Hertfordshire.
Following a major review of Hertfordshire’s CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – in 2015, the resulting transformation plan secured national funding to improve services over the next five years.
At least one child in 10 in Hertfordshire has a diagnosable mental health problem, and many more will need some support to prevent more serious difficulties from emerging.
Key priorities are to:
- Focus on prevention and early intervention to give children and young people good emotional and wellbeing support
- Improve access for children and young people to psychological therapies
- Bring together education and mental health services for children and young people with joint training
- Develop community eating disorder services
- Improve perinatal care, particularly for mums-to-be and new mothers, as there is a strong link between parental (particularly maternal) mental health and children’s mental health
Hertfordshire’s two NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), East and North Hertfordshire CCG and Herts Valleys CCG, which buy health services for county’s population, are working with Hertfordshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, Public Health, Hertfordshire County Council and other partners to develop and implement the mental health and wellbeing transformation plan for children and young people in Hertfordshire.
As part of this, a pilot project was launched at 20 schools to give pupils better mental health help with a key member of school staff having special training and linking with an NHS specialist for advice and guidance.
You can read Hertfordshire’s Transformation Plan for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing 2015-20 here.