New provider announced (January 2015)
Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council have jointly awarded the contract for the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service for Children and Young People to Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
This will replace the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provided by Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.
Whilst the new service will provide the traditional medical services and treatments familiar to CAMHS, the innovative new partnership with Barnardo’s will also develop a primary care and community based service that works closely with young people, their families and schools to understand their emotional distress much earlier, hopefully preventing it escalating into an illness that requires medical treatment.
The upper age limit for referral into the new service has been extended from 17 to 18, to ensure that no one is left without support at any time during the move to adult services. Those already receiving services prior to turning 18 will be able to continue doing so until the age of 21, if this best suits their needs.
Another key change is that the new service will be available out of working hours, when young people may find they need support from these services.
Further details on how the service will be run and accessed will be circulated prior to launch in April 2015.
Workshops (September 2014)
Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and Solihull Council are proposing changes to the way that mental health services are delivered in the Borough to both improve outcomes for children and young people, and get better value for money. We are seeking your views to inform how these changes are made.
We held workshops during September to give stakeholders an opportunity to inform the final service specification for emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people in Solihull.
Market engagement (June 2014)
Solihull CCG and Solihull Council held a market engagement event for a new emotional wellbeing and mental health service on 27 June 2014, which was attended by over 40 people from 29 different organisations. Following a presentation from Ben Lewing, Strategic Commissioner and a Question & Answer session, the attendees were invited to network and develop budding partnerships.
Consultation (June 2014)
A public consultation was held from 2-29 June 2014. Thank you to all those who took part. Here are the revised Service Specification and a document briefly outlining comments made during the consultation that informed changes to the specification.
Solihull CCG and Solihull Council intend to use their combined purchasing power to secure more joined up emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people in Solihull to start in April 2015. The new service will aim to provide a full range of treatments and work more closely with families, schools and GPs to support young people earlier.
Current providers of the service have given notice that they will cease to provide this service from April 2015. The procurement process for new services takes about nine months, so there is not much time before 1 April 2015.
However, Solihull CCG and Solihull Council have been listening to stakeholders and consulting service users for some time about how emotional wellbeing and mental health services need to change. This is the ideal time to make improvements to how services work rather than just buying the same service from a different provider organisation.
More detail is available in separate documents to support the case for change, including:
- The consultation document
- An assessment of need for children and young people in Solihull.
- A description of the current arrangements for emotional wellbeing and mental health services in the Borough.
- A summary of the key messages from published guidance and best practice.
- Frequently Asked Questions.
If you have any further questions, please contact Ben Lewing, Strategic Commissioner for Children and Families (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Heidi Bentley, Commissioning Officer (email@example.com).