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 2017 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.
Our ambition has always been to develop services for children and young people (CYP) in West Sussex so they have access to information and support to stay well, as well as treatment that will help them achieve the best possible mental health.
We have always acknowledged that the journey from childhood to adulthood through emotional health and wellbeing services has weaknesses. Stakeholders, CYP and their families said to us that what matters to them is: 1) being seen quickly, and with high continuity of care; 2) early identification of when help is needed (and that help being available); 3) greater capacity and choice for early support; 4) easy access and simple pathways; 5) recognition of the complexity of their lives; 6) having a great experience of care as well as the right medical intervention; and 7) greater coordination between all agencies (and in particular no gaps between young people’s and adult services).
With population growth and changes in the profile of need, demand for services are projected to increase. Although any description of the future is always subject to very high levels of variability, current capacity across the whole system will need to manage an increase in demand of between 5 to 15%.
The Local Transformation Programme (LTP) has been an opportunity for commissioners to invest in services and change outcomes for CYP. This report is a refresh of our plans and enables us to re-focus our resource for 2018 to 2021.