A new toolkit has been launched today, which is designed to help involve parents in designing children and young people’s mental health services.
Karen Turner, NHS England’s director of mental health, outlined changes expected to children and young people’s mental health services in the next year, as part of her keynote speech at this year’s chief nursing officer’s summit in Birmingham.
“Across the country this change has been achieved through the involvement of children, young people and their families”
She launched the new Parents Say toolkit to help professionals include parents and carers in every aspect of the delivery of an intervention, from what “happens in the room to how the service is designed”.
Made jointly with charity YoungMinds and in consultation with 900 parents, it includes a set of five short films, a series of online modules, downloadable guides for commissioners and 14 case studies.
Speaking this afternoon at the CNO summit, Ms Turner said: “We are seeing an enormous groundswell of commitment and energy towards transforming mental health services for children and young people.
“A lot has changed – and across the country this change has been achieved through the involvement of children, young people and their families,” she said.
Ms Turner highlighted that services “designed with people are more likely to be used by them” and new toolkit was a “prime example of this work”.
Families in the toolkit’s films ask to be better informed, to be able to give views, to get simpler explanations of the care their child will receive.
Toolkit to help nurses include parents in child mental health
The films then describe how professionals can help to make those changes happen, for example, showing how a parent might be involved in an interview process.
The toolkit and films are based on five key themes identified by the parents – workforce development, leadership and service development, equality and diversity, communication and methods of engagement.
Sarah Brennan, chief executive of YoungMinds said the charity was delighted to be involved in launching the toolkit.
“Our research with parents for the toolkit demonstrates how effective communication between services and parents improves outcomes for both young people and their families, builds resilience and promotes more efficient services through improved attendance rates,” she said.
“The toolkit offers a wealth of practical resources and suggestions for services and parents alike”
She added: “The toolkit offers a wealth of practical resources and suggestions for services and parents alike and we are really proud to have been a key part of its creation.”
Meanwhile, Ms Turner noted that clinical commissioning groups had submitted their local transformation plans (LTPs) on delivering improved access and quality as part of the first phase of a five-year programme of change.
The plans are currently being assured by NHS England and will be published by the end of December.
“We’re really impressed with how local areas have seized this opportunity. The LTPs contain fantastic ideas for how, at grassroots level, changes to services can genuinely improve the experience of young service users and their families’ experiences and lives,” said Ms Turner.
An extra £1.4bn was pledged to support the transformation of services for children and young people and improve access and outcomes in the March 2015 budget.
A further £30m was also earmarked in last year’s autumn statement to improve delivery of care for children and young people with an eating disorder.