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Cash boost for young person’s mental health pilots

Cash boost for young person’s mental health pilots

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Health pilots dealing with mental health issues in young people have scooped a share of a £500k fund.

Schemes in Devon, Derbyshire, Newcastle, Tameside and Glossop, Norfolk, Southampton, Wolverhampton and South Sefton, aim to innovate and change the services currently available to young people.

Each pilot has been awarded up to £75k to develop their plans. The money will be spent on creating time to reassess the current systems in place to commission Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

This will include improving outpatient services for young people and engaging with schools so that they can identify signs of potential mental health concerns.

Alan Ford, spokesperson for the NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG pilot scheme, said:“This money will enable us to look at the whole system which is currently in place and assess how it can be improved for the benefit of children and young people in Tameside and Glossop.

“It is imperative that frontline staff are able to identify mental health issues early so that children and young people can be supported and treated quickly avoiding where possible the deterioration of conditions.”

Ninety-four bids, from 149 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), were received outlining the basis of their plans. The successful schemes were chosen by a panel of representatives from the Department of Health, the Department of Education and NHS England.

Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, said:

“I am absolutely determined to make sure any child with a mental health problem gets the best possible care, which is why I convened a Taskforce to look at how we can improve services. I congratulate these regions for their innovative work, which will help us transform care for young people across the country.”

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