Two recent announcements from NHS England have outlined new incentives and levers to assist with service transformation and drive improvement in CYP mental health services.
Additional £25 million for CCGs in 2016/17
Recognising local pressures in transforming services, NHS England have reviewed and reprioritised spending, resulting in an extra £25million being identified for Children and Young Peoples (CYP) mental health. This new money has been allocated by the government in order to reach the target of 70,000 more children and young people accessing evidence based treatment by 2020. You can read the announcement here.
The new money will be made available for CCGs in 2016/17 to accelerate and expand plans to reduce waiting times for treatment, waiting list backlogs and lengths of inpatient stays. In order to access the additional funding, CCGs will need to outline plans for improvements in waiting times by March 2017.
Importantly for partnerships in the collaborative, this funding will also support CCGs to continue investments in training existing staff through the CYP IAPT training programme.
Furthermore, it is expected that funding will accelerate plans to ready crisis, liaison and home treatment interventions for under 18s, with the goal of minimising inappropriate admissions and developing integrated pathways with specialist services.
CCGs can pool funding across areas to support activity relating to the above in local transformation plans for mental health (LTPs) or sustainability and transformation plans (STPs).
Transitions out of Children and Young People’s (CYP) Mental Health Services’ CQUIN (Commissioning for Quality and Innovation)
A new CQUIN for CYP mental health has been announced by NHS England in order to improve transitions between CYP mental health services and adult trusts, voluntary or primary care services.
This financial incentive will ensure that patients have a transition plan, a dedicated keyworker and are involved with transition planning to other services. You can read the announcement here.