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NHS England launches mental health ‘passport’

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A passport-style style brief of key facts has been launched to help children and young people with mental health problems avoid having to repeat their history and preferences.

The “passport”, which includes clinical information as well as key personal preferences, can now be used across care settings, either on paper or on mobile phones.

“We hope all care providers will acknowledge the passports and use them across care settings”

Jackie Cornish

The passports are written with the practitioner and can include as much or as little as the young person likes such as a summary of their issues, history, and preferences.

The information in it is written in a professional style so all care providers can understand the language used, said NHS England. It may also include a simpler version for the patient if required.

It is then kept by the young person, is in their preferred format like a letter or in the form of a passport or on their phone and can then be shown to professionals at any new service.

NHS England said it would encourage practitioners to use the passport template with young people as they transition to a new service and would be informing the NHS, local authorities and voluntary and independent sectors about it.

The idea was recommended in the Future in Mind report, which was published in March and set out the findings of the government’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce.

Similar initiatives have previously been launched by charities for specific conditions, as reported by Nursing Times.

Dr Jackie Cornish, NHS England national clinical director, children, young people and transition to adulthood, said: “No patient should need to repeat their history several times and innovations like this solve problems and make patients’ lives easier.”

She added: “The passport is a way for young people to own the information about their time in a service and their story. It gives them a level of control they value and means they can share it with other services if they wish.

“We hope all care providers will acknowledge the passports and use them across care settings,” she said.

The passport was launched today at the Local Government Association’s national children and adult services conference in Bournemouth.

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  • At last!
    this has long been needed by many!!

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