03 Apr 2017

As part of NHS England’s New Models of Care programme, West London Mental Health NHS Trust has launched, in partnership with Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, their programme to provide better integrated care and treatment for children and young people living in North West London and experiencing a mental health crisis.

One of six programmes to be selected by NHS England as part of the 12-month pilot project, it sees providers managing the budget for inpatients tier 4 beds and coordinating care with the aim of reducing the number of patients placed hundreds of miles from home for mental health care, decreasing the time young people spend in inpatient units, preventing avoidable admissions and improving access to community support.

Children living in Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, central London, Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith and Fulham will experience more efficient services as a result of the new mental health programme. The trusts are working with the Priory Group to ensure the availability of psychiatric beds for North West London children and young people, which will make visits to service users easier for local clinicians, family members and carers.

The programme has already had success in pulling together young people, families, community teams, social workers and education professionals to agree goals of admission, facilitating discharges to community services and identifying ways to manage crises in the community.

Elizabeth Fellow-Smith, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at West London Mental Health NHS Trust, said: “Providing inpatient care for a child or young person in crisis is better when closer to home. As part of our work with partners on the New Model of Care programme, our clinicians are already making a difference by quickly responding to service users and their carers, developing safe community support packages and when admission is needed, being actively involved in setting goals for the admission to facilitate discharge at the earliest opportunity.”

Carolyn Regan, Chief Executive of West London Mental Health NHS Trust, said: “We are very pleased that as a result of our involvement with NHS England’s new Model of Care programme, improvements are already taking place within CAMHS. We firmly believe this new clinical model supports our ambition to reinvest into local community services and improve the healthcare experience for children and young people in a mental health crisis.”

Claire Murdoch, Chief Executive of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust said: “This is a high priority cause for patients, with better ways of making it happen. By collaborating we pool experience, cover a larger area, and do more good for more people. This project is a sensible way of working on the ground to deliver better results.”

The New Models of Care will see providers of healthcare take control and accountability of the budget from commissioners.


Notes for editors:

About Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust:

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest trusts in the UK, caring for people with a wide range of physical and mental health needs.

We provide a wide range of services to treat people with a variety of health needs. Broadly, these include common physical health problems, long-term conditions, mental health, learning disabilities, eating disorders, addictions and sexual health. We are here to provide support for people through every stage of life. The majority of our services are provided in the community, which means treating people in their homes or from clinics close to home. Where community care is not possible we offer a number of facilities to treat people in hospital or residential environments. We also provide healthcare in prisons in London and the surrounding areas. We have  almost 7,000 staff providing healthcare to a third of London’s population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond.

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