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Yorkshire CCG awarded £600k for CAMHS plan


14 December 2015

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East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been awarded £600,000 to make child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) more holistic.

Granted by NHS England, the money is to support transformation plans developed in response to the government’s Future in Mind report which encourages a whole system approach.

East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been awarded £600,000 to make child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) more holistic.

Granted by NHS England, the money is to support transformation plans developed in response to the government’s Future in Mind report which encourages a whole system approach.

The CCG's plan was submitted to NHS England in October, and has now been formally accepted as meeting the criteria in full. NHS England also commented on the plan’s strengths in a number of areas: collaborative focus, learning disabilities, autism, looked after children, and needs assessment.

In the new year a Crisis Response Team will provide a 24/7 service, offering a timely response to mental health crises, including a full assessment and handover to a planned community or inpatient service if necessary.

The CCG will also introduce a community-based Eating Disorder Service providing day treatment over a period of many months, for children and young people with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia. There will be gradual implementation over the coming years, building on current service provision, with a view to being fully operational by 2020.

A psychologist will provide counselling and support for young people with long-term conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, or life-limiting diseases, and the CCG has linked CAMHS to 10 schools so that teachers can help students to address their emotional and mental health issues early. Dedicated anxiety and mood clinics will also be set up and available through the CAMHS Contact Point phone number.

Jane Hawkard, chief officer of the CCG said they anticipated these funds and have already began work in earnest.

She said the funding will “help us to enrich the range and quality of services we can offer, in particular the promotion of good mental health and early intervention to not only improve children and young people’s mental health, but to help prevent mental illness developing.

“There were many plans submitted from across the country so we’re pleased for our patients and residents that our plans were promoted nationally as good practice,” she added.

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