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Improving mental health outcomes for Children and Young People - event report-back

21st January 2019

CYP_Crisis_Care_image_5YFWMH.fw.pngChildren and Young People’s (CYP) Mental Health colleagues from across the North West Coast came together for an informative and collaborative ‘outcomes metric’ workshop  on 30th November. The event was led by two of NHS England’s Programme Managers for Children & Young People’s Mental Health: Jessica Sharp and Aga Wojciechowska.

Jessica opened the event with an overview of two key requirements specified in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health:

  1. That by 2020/21 there will be ‘national metrics to support improvements in children and young people’s mental health outcomes’

  2. That ‘all services should routinely collect and publish outcomes data.’

She provided information on what has to be included and why, along with details of support available in the North West Coast.

In breakout sessions, participants discussed and later fed back to the wider group about what role they each have in outcomes measurements and data flow and what feedback mechanisms are in place to use the data locally to:

  • Encourage use in routine clinical practice and participation with children and young people

  • Inform service management and meetings between providers and commissioners

  • Discuss how good communication between people recording the data (practitioners) and those who manage extracts and flow data (IT teams) will drive data completeness and quality,

In the afternoon, Aga Wojciechowska presented on CYP’s Mental Health Crisis Care, explaining the policy background, Long Term Plan and what we know about current provision - from the CYP Urgent and Emergency Mental Health Services Survey. She explained ways to develop CYP mental health crisis services drawing upon learning from the CYP Mental Health Urgent and Emergency Care Vanguards, the national and local picture based on what the Mental Health survey data tell us, and what the next steps are in the North West Coast.

View the presentations:

Jessica Sharp

Aga Wojciechowska

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