As the NHS prepares to mark its 70th anniversary, the Clinical Director at the South London Partnership, Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) programme outlines how the New Care Models are leading an ambitious transformation of mental health, aspiring to help an extra million people with high-quality care supported by £1 billion additional investment:
‘You’re the commissioner, what would you do for south London’s children and young people?’
This was one of the questions we posed to clinicians and operational managers at a recent South London Mental Health and Community Partnership workshop.
Five years ago, it would have been hard to imagine such conversations or challenges, covering a population of more than three million people. Or that our three mental health trusts would plan system-wide services together. And even less that the innovations and ideas would become reality.
Thanks to NHS England Children and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) tier 4 New Care Models programme, and the collaboration between Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust, our clinicians and managers are working together for genuine transformation.
Three trusts that once competed are now collaborating and sharing approaches, pathways, resources and clinical expertise – all for the benefit of some of the most vulnerable of our children and young people.
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