The Department of Health’s Task Force Report, “Future in Mind: Promoting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing” (Feb 2015) looked at how to make it easier for children and young people to access help and support when needed and to improve how children and young people’s mental health services are organised, commissioned and provided. As a result they published a national ambition for how to transform children and young people’s services.
In 2015 health and care organisations in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland set out on a five year journey to improve and transform the mental health and wellbeing services for local children and young people.
Year one, 2015: Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s Transformational Plan was produced, setting out a multi-agency approach to improve mental health and wellbeing in children and young people up to the age of 25. Future in Mind Transformational Plan Nov 2015.
Year two, 2016: In keeping with national requirements, this is the next edition of our local plan which describes the direction of travel for 2017- 2018 and the next phase of the transformation journey. Transformation Refresh Plan 2016.
Year three, 2017: The next phase of the transformation journey is to build on what has already been achieved, and ensure that all of the service providers work together to ensure children and young people have smooth access to the right care to meet their needs. Transformation plan 2018.
Years four to seven, 2018-2020
In 2018-2020, we are focussed on ensuring that all of our service providers work together to make it easy for our children and young people to access a range of services. We will deliver a new triage and navigation service to ensure that children and young people reach the right service to meet their needs more quickly. We will also work with our service providers, through our new monthly Provider Network meetings, to improve the way that different agencies work together, so that children and young people can move easily from one service to another in response to their changing needs.
We continue to explore opportunities to improve our services and to use resources efficiently. Future in Mind Transformation Plan 2018-2020.
*January 2020: An updated version of this strategy will be published here soon*