‘Passport’ style brief of young people’s mental health launched

NHS England, 15 October 2015

A ‘passport’ style brief of key facts that children and young people using mental health services can use to help them avoid repeating their history and preferences has been launched by NHS England.  The ‘passport’ idea, which includes clinical information as well as key personal preferences, has been developed by young people, parents and carers and can now be used across care settings either on paper or on mobile phones.

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Local transformation plans for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing: Guidance and support for local areas

NHS England, August 2015

This guidance and the programme of support that goes with it are designed to empower local partners to work together to lead and manage change in line with those key principles through the development of Local Transformation Plans for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing.  The document provides guidance for local areas on the development of Local Transformation Plans to support improvements in children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

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Investing in children’s mental health: A review of evidence on the costs & benefits of increased service provision

Centre for Mental Health, February 2015

A report published by the Centre for Mental Health shows that investing in children’s mental health services is excellent value for money and will bring a lifetime of benefits to young people, their families, communities and the economy as a whole.

The report examines the costs and the benefits of a range of interventions to prevent or treat some of the most common mental health conditions that affect children and young people.

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Right here : how to promote youth-friendly mental health and wellbeing services

Mental Health Foundation, January 2015

This guide is aimed at those delivering mental health and wellbeing services for young people aged 16–25, based on the learning and experience from Right Here, a pioneering five-year programme between the Mental Health Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.  It has been written to help services address the specific needs of this age group and tackle some of the barriers which prevent them from accessing traditional mental health services.

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Model specification for child and adolescent mental health services: Targeted & specialist levels (Tiers 2/3)

NHS England, January 2015

NHS England has published the new model specification for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) targeted and specialist services (tiers 2 and 3) which treats patients with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties such as behavioural problems, depression and eating disorders, to help improve the standards of care being given to vulnerable youngsters.

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CR195 – When to see a child and adolescent psychiatrist

Royal College of Psychiatrists, December 2014

This report is written to clarify for commissioners, providers of mental health services, child and adolescent psychiatrists, our patients and our colleagues when child and adolescent patients should be seen by a psychiatrist to ensure that they receive safe, high-quality, evidence-based care.

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Serious problems with children’s and adolescents’ mental health services, says Health Committee

UK Parliament, 5 November 2014

In a report published on 5 November 2014, titled Children’s and adolescents’ mental health services and CAMHS, the Health Select Committee concludes that there are serious and deeply ingrained problems with the commissioning and provision of children’s and adolescents’ mental health services.

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