Mental Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th April 2019.

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Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Chair, Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to integrate the new mental health support teams with existing services in (a) schools and (b) the NHS.

Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Chair, Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to utilise the existing mental health practitioner workforce as part of its joint initiative on transforming children and young people’s mental health provision.

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

Mental Health Support Teams will work with and alongside existing professionals and will complement the ‘whole school’ approach to health and wellbeing, working with existing services in schools, the National Health Service, the voluntary sector and other professionals working with children and young people. The aim is for the teams to be delivered in a way that provides a focus for collaborative working.

Each Mental Health Support Team will have a number of trained staff, including a new role of Education Mental Health Practitioners, supervised by existing, experienced mental health staff.

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