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Children's Health

Advice sheets for parents and carers

There are a number of common childhood illnesses that often can effectively be managed at home by parents and carers.  However, understanding when it is OK to look after your child at home and when to seek additional support can be difficult.  

In order to help you gauge when to seek additional support a number of advice sheets were created by a group of West Sussex-wide clinicians working with, parents, education and social care for common childhood aliments. 

The advice sheets provide clear information using a simple traffic light system explaining when parents need to seek urgent help (Red), or when they need to contact your GP or seek help from your local pharmacist (Amber) or what parents can do to help their children at home (Green). 

The current advice sheets available cover (click on links to download): 

Also available in these languages: Tamil; Urdu; Portuguese; Polish; Gujarati
  • Bronchiolitis (a cause of persistent cough, mild fever and feeding difficulties in infants)
Also available in these languages: Tamil; Urdu; Portuguese; Polish; Gujarati
Also available in these languages: Tamil; Urdu; Portuguese; Polish; Gujarati
Also available in these languages: Tamil; Urdu; Portuguese; Polish; Gujarati

Also available in these languages: Tamil; Urdu; Portuguese; Polish; Gujarati


Children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

The Children and Families Commissioning Team in West Sussex has refreshed a five-year plan for improving children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing services across the county.

The original plan was developed during 2015 in partnership with children and young people (CYP), parents, carers and key stakeholders.

NHS England asked for plans to be updated annually and the 2016 plan is now available. 

Local Transformation Plan

The Local Transformation Plan (LTP) builds upon a five-year redesign strategy for CYP emotional wellbeing and mental health services in West Sussex.

The three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the county council in West Sussex are committed to giving mental health and wellbeing for CYP the priority it deserves.

They are taking a collaborative, integrated and evidence-based approach to ensure services and pathways are best suited to local needs.

A comprehensive needs assessment and mapping of local services was published in June 2014. It identified many strengths and a number of gaps that are being addressed in the strategy.

In addition, the LTP reflects the recommendations made in Future in Mind, a 2015 report from the Department of Health and NHS England, on how children’s mental wellbeing can be best supported.

The LTP complements and supports the implementation of the West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Strategy and has been endorsed by the Health and Wellbeing Board.

Local priorities: The LTP sets out a series of priorities that aim to both increase capacity and address gaps in services and to also increase the ability of the workforce to help CYP and their families develop their own resilience and coping strategies:

  • Community eating disorder service – Enhance the current service offer in order to support more CYP in the community, reduce the need for inpatient admissions and reduce the number of CYP who need to travel outside the county for specialist care (as set out in the guidance around access and waiting times for CYP with an eating disorder)
  • Development and extension of IAPT – Roll out and extend the IAPT approach to make it available to younger age groups, with training for the CYP workforce on evidence-based interventions, pathways and tools
  • Crisis care and Urgent Help – Ensure that all young people can access appropriate support at times of crisis by developing a coherent pathway across Sussex. Any child or young person attending A&E with a mental health related presentation are offered an appropriate and timely service. 
  • Extra Vulnerable – Develop enhanced accessible and responsive services for those at higher risk of developing mental health problems, for example, children who are looked after, children with complex disabilities and those who are discriminated against. 
  • Prevention, Early Intervention and Targeted Services – Develop and enhance early intervention services to reduce and prevent problems such as self-harm, anxiety and depression. Increase training to frontline staff to raise ability to support children and young people, and work with schools and colleges to develop school-wide approaches to emotional wellbeing and tackle behaviours that lead to mental health concerns such as bullying. 
  • Health and Justice Pathway – For those young people who pose a significant threat to themselves and others, a therapeutic pathway will be developed to support their mental health needs. This work will be in conjunction with key partners, and with additional funding to support, for example, a ‘place of calm’ for young people in crisis.
  • Workforce – A workforce plan will be developed with the aim of supporting provider organisations to recruit, train and retain the number of highly skilled staff required to deliver services. This priority underpins all the other priorities and will influence system-wide change.
  • Neurodevelopmental Pathway – The aim is for CYP to experience a comprehensive and co-ordinated pathway for assessment and support for their mental health needs, whether or not there is a diagnosis. We aim to reduce the time taken to receive ASC and ADHD assessments and improve support to families along their journey.
  • Transition – we are working in partnership with Adults’ Mental Health Commissioners and providers to ensure that young people will experience minimal interruption in care and support when moving within and between services. Ageless services are being developed, for example, in perinatal mental health. 

 

Evaluation: An outcomes framework has been developed in consultation with key stakeholders and CYP and their families. A robust methodology is being established to capture and demonstrate both the clinical and economic costs and benefits of the programme.

Implementation and governance: A five-year delivery plan has been developed. The Children and Families Commissioning Team is working on behalf on the three CCGs and West Sussex County Council and are responsible for day-to-day implementation and delivery.

The LTP will be reported and monitored through the Health and Wellbeing Board at a strategic outcomes level. A multi-agency Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health CYP Partnership board supports the delivery of the plan and the ‘Free Your Mind’ group provides oversight and quality assurance from a CYP perspective.

Finance: The CCGs in West Sussex have agreed to collaborate to commission CYP emotional wellbeing and mental health services on a county-wide bais to ensure equitable coverage across the county. The LTP will result in an additional investment of £8.3million in CYP emotional wellbeing and mental health services over the five year period.