Future in Mind
Promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
Future in mind is a government report that sets out the case for change in delivery of mental health services for children and young people. It makes recommendations around improving early intervention and prevention; simplifying structures and improving access; sustaining a culture of evidence-based service improvements; and better joining up of services.
NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working together with local partners across the NHS, local authority public health, children’s services, education and youth justice sectors and voluntary and community sectors to develop Local Transformation Plans for delivering improvements in children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing in Northamptonshire over the next five years.
The NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group will take guidance and approval from NHS England Specialised Commissioning and the local Health and Wellbeing Board in developing a vision for the future - to ensure that every child or young person gets the help they need when and where they need it.
Northamptonshire’s Transformation Plans
On 31 October 2019, following collaboration with other local organisations, and assurance checks with NHS England we submitted a refresh of the Local Future in Mind Local Transformation Plan.
This Transformation Plan has been approved locally by the multi-agency Children and Young People’s Health and Care Partnership Board, and received final approval and signature from Toby Sanders, the Chief Executive Officer for NHS Northamptonshire CCGs. We are also in discussions to take this to the Northamptonshire Health and Wellbeing Board.
This is the final refresh of Future in Mind Local Transformation Plan, and presented an ideal opportunity to review the developments and achievements that have been made in local mental health and emotional wellbeing services for Children and Young people over the past four years, and how we can continue to improve and evolve to meet the needs of our growing population for the future.
We are continuing to deliver against our previous Transformation plan and currently have a pathway that delivers a full range of services to the Children & Young People of Northamptonshire with mental and emotional health and wellbeing needs. The next phase for 2019-2021 and beyond is to:
- Review how we can best meet the needs of some of our most vulnerable groups, including:
- Young Carers
- Children with physical health conditions
- Children in Care, and children separated from their families
- Children with a Learning Disability or a Neurodevelopmental diagnosis (including Autism and ADHD)
- Consider how we can better support our younger children
- Promote self-management, resilience and early intervention
- Improve our links with Education
- Support our services, through training and best practice sharing to make reasonable adjustments for children and young people with additional needs
- Continue to improve our understanding of our young people aged 18-25, as we start to move towards the aspirations of the NHS Long Term Plan which asks us to extend transition points in services as applicable and appropriate
These will contribute towards fewer unplanned admissions, avoidance of inpatient mental health admission, reduction in length of stay, fewer children and young people presenting in crisis, and improvement in both the outcomes and experience of children, young people and their families.