Research conducted by Theme 2: Youth Mental Health, led by Professor Max Birchwood and colleagues showed that treatment delay for young people with mental health illness can be reduced by changing the way care is delivered for young people. Evidence generated by the collaborative team and, supported by the NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands initiative, inspired a complete redesign of services for young people in Birmingham between 0 and 25 years of age to improve access for all diagnoses.
Findings have been disseminated widely, including at a recent ‘Shout Out for Youth Mental Health’ to bring various stakeholders together to think about the future of mental health services and the event included young people, clinicians, policy makers and commissioners of services. The findings have further inspired other parts of the region (and country) to address service provision in their own constituencies.
In breaking news, we now hear that Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have recommissioned their services, following a similar commissioning process and service model. A new contract has been awarded to a multi-agency collaboration led by South Staffordshire and Shropshire Foundation Trust (SSSFT) to transform emotional health and well-being services for those aged between 0-25 years across Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire from April 2017.
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