The Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Local Transformation Plan for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services has been approved by NHS England and is now published. Additional funding of £2.1 million has been allocated to the 6 Clinical Commissioning Groups across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent to deliver improvements in emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people. The plan sets out the priorities for investment and the anticipated outcomes.
Over the next year the CCG will be working with partners to operationalise this plan and extend the range of available services. Some of the priorities are set out by Central Government and include the development of an Eating Disorder service and extending the scope of the out of hours services. In addition we are looking at boosting the locally available early intervention services, supporting schools in delivering support to their pupils and addressing more specialist areas such as services to children and young people with both learning disability and mental health challenges. We are also mainstreaming the role of our Participation Officer and we will focus on gaining the views of children and young people on how best they want to be supported.