CCG awarded funding for Mental Health Support in North Yorkshire schools
NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group has been awarded funding from NHS England to train and develop a Mental Health Support Team for young people in Selby and Pickering.
The Mental Health Support Team will work across schools, colleges and sixth forms in Selby and Pickering to engage with 16-19 year olds vulnerable to mental health issues – which could be related to the pressures of exams, job seeking or relationships.
NHS England report that up to 20% of 15-19 year olds are predicted to have a mild to moderate mental health disorder such as anxiety or low mood. The NHS Long Term Plan has a focus on improving mental health services for young people and their access to support.
Denise Nightingale, the CCG’s Executive Director of Transformation, Complex Care and Mental Health said: “Children’s mental health is a local and national priority and so the CCG is delighted we can offer support through school based intervention in Selby and Pickering.
“There hasn’t been a service like this in Selby or Pickering before and it’s important to us that we are breaking down barriers when it comes to accessing mental health support.”
The lead provider for the new service is Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) who are commissioned by the CGG to deliver Mental Health services in the Vale of York.
Naomi Lonergan, Director of Operations for TEWV North Yorkshire and York said: “We are delighted to work alongside our colleagues at NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group to provide targeted mental health support directly into local schools. This new project will provide us with greater opportunities to provide effective, early support to those experiencing difficulties, helping to improve mental health and educational outcomes for young people and their families in the area.”
NHS England is funding 14 Mental Health Support Teams across the North of England to improve access to mental health services for young people. North Yorkshire will house two within the county with one team covering Selby and Pickering and the other Scarborough.
Angela Crossland, Head of Community, Partnerships and Customers at Selby Town Council and Kathryn Ingold, Public Health Consultant, from North Yorkshire County Council have been working together to improve population health across Selby District and commented: “Engagement undertaken by a Selby Health Matters partnership found that issues of mental health and social isolation are priority areas requiring focus in the patch. We welcome investment from NHS England to support young people in Selby and Pickering.”
The Mental Health Support Teams will be made up of four educational mental health workers who will complete a one year Children’s Psychology Work Practitioner (CPWP) course, with additional modules for work in an education setting. This recruit to train model means delivery in schools will commence in autumn 2020.