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CAMHS 'trailblazing' support announced for Ealing

05 Aug 2019

West London NHS Trust’s CAMHS department is part of the driving force to a new trailblazing programme, with the intention of helping children and young people with anxiety and behavioural issues.

Ealing is set to become a wave 2 site for the Mental Health Support Team (MHST) in September 2019. The MHST programme is jointly delivered by NHS England and the Department for Education and aims to:

  • Build on wellbeing support already in place in schools and colleges (taking a whole school approach)
  • Increase access to evidence-based support for children and young people who experience mild to moderate difficulties with anxiety, low mood, and behavioural or relationship issues
  • Help children and young people access more specialist NHS services where needed

The teams will be made up of Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) who will be trained to deliver cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) based ‘guided self-help’ interventions to secondary school aged young people, and to parents of primary aged children. EMHPs will be employed by West London NHS Trust and will be intensively supervised by senior practitioners. They will also undertake degree-level training with our academic partners, UCL.

MHSTs in Ealing will be delivered through a partnership between the CCG, Local Authorities, CAMHS, schools, and the voluntary sector. They will build on both the current support available in Ealing and the success of the wave 1 (‘Trailblazer’) MHSTs in Hounslow.

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