Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Region Leads Revolution in Youth Mental Health

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Region Leads Revolution in Youth Mental Health

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Byline: Adam Luke Reporter

AN innovative North East pilot scheme aimed at revolutionising the NHS's approach to mental health in children and young adults has been awarded PS75,000.

The project, led by Newcastle and Gateshead's Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) alongside Gateshead and Newcastle Councils, will use the cash to help transform services across the region.

It will also change the way services are paid for, with the introduction of personal budgets enabling patients to better manage their own care.

The Tyneside scheme is one of eight pilots in the country to be given a share of PS500,000, after bidders were challenged to come up with ideas which would allow staff to reassess the systems in place within child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), in settings ranging from schools to in-patient beds.

Andy Roberts, lead specialist in children's health within the consortium of North East CCGs and councils, said: "This money will enable us to look at the system which is currently in place and assess how it can be improved for the benefit of patients in Newcastle and Gateshead.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to involve children, young people and their parents and carers in improving services for the future.

"Over the next two years we will work with service users to develop a new way of working, with early intervention in emotional wellbeing and mental health problems to prevent crises wherever possible. That means families being able to take a more active role in planning individual care, and ultimately getting involved in commissioning the services they use."

The bidding process saw 94 bids from 149 CCGs whittled down to eight by a panel of representatives from the Department of Health, the Department of Education and NHS England.

Dr Martin McShane, NHS England's director for patients with long-term conditions, said: "Vulnerable children and young people need services they can rely on in a crisis. …

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