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New investment will see trust deliver better mental health care for children and young people in crisis

21 Apr 2017

The NHS will invest nearly £200,000 to develop services at West London Mental Health NHS Trust that will ensure children and young people receive improved care if they experience a mental health crisis.

Together with Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, who are also receiving additional investment for their children’s services, West London Mental Health NHS Trust will work collaboratively to improve the lives of all children and young people across North West London living with a mental illness, irrespective of their first point of contact. The trust will be able to provide more intensive mental health support in the community and will work alongside other agencies to support those children and young people with complex needs.

These proposed services will build upon West London Mental Health NHS Trust’s nurse-led Children and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) out-of-hours (OOH) liaison service, based at West Middlesex University Hospital for children and young people living in Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith and Fulham, which has been re-commissioned following a successful 2-year pilot.

Working alongside the 24/7 psychiatric liaison service, the CAMHS OOH liaison service works closely with a specialist CAMHS doctor, CAMHS consultant on call and crisis assessment and treatment teams at night. For young people, this means rapid assessments, onward referrals and better quality of care for their mental health needs.

Dr Vijay Parkash, Clinical Director of CAMHS and Developmental Services at West London Mental Health NHS Trust, said: “We have a shared vision with our commissioners to ensure that children and young people in North West London experiencing a mental health crisis get the services they deserve – those which recognise their needs and help them cope. This investment will help us do that.

“We are also very pleased to work alongside Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust to ensure there are no barriers to creating seamless care across our trusts.”

The first stage in shaping these services will involve listening to the experiences of children, young people and their carers so that the service is truly tailored to their needs.

WLMHT contact details:

Martha Salhotra (Communications Officer)

020 8354 8747

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