Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) in-patient and (b) community mental health services for children and young people in (i) Sunderland and (ii) the North East.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear (NTW) and North Durham set out its ambitions for developing its health services, including mental health services, in its draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan in 2016. This is available at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/systemchange/view-stps

The plan includes an ambition to reduce demand for secondary and tertiary children and young people’s services, and to increase the percentage of children and young people with a diagnosable mental health condition that receive community health services.

We are advised by Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group that improvements to mental health services for children and young people (CYP) are being made, including improved pathways for CYP with neuro developmental disorders, enhanced community mental health, eating disorders and intensive community treatment services.

In addition, in June 2017, NTW submitted a proposal to NHS England to become a New Model of Care Wave 2 pilot site for Tier 4 Children and Young People’s Services across Mental Health and Learning Disability services. This proposal was successfully approved and commenced in October 2017.

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