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Redesigning Youth Mental Health Services

Redesigning mental health services

Evidence suggests that half of all lifetime mental health illness begins by the age of 14, and 75% of mental health problems begin by 25. Our research has improved access to early intervention in psychosis teams and led the development of new youth mental health services across the UK and internationally to improve care for individuals when they are at their most vulnerable.

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Improving mental health care and services

Referral rates to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) have significantly increased in recent years. Our research in mental health has demonstrated issues with access to treatment delays at the onset of psychosis, as well as the poor transitions from child to adult mental health services; both resulting in an adverse effect on treatment and recovery leading to the 2016 NICE guidance on Transition from children's to adult services. Our research provided evidence for crucial policy changes within early intervention psychosis teams. We also collaborated with service users in the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust to pilot a 0- 25 years mental health service. The MILESTONE study has mapped the child to adult mental health services interface across participating sites to determine structural and policy components of transitional care across the whole of EU.


Changes to policy and practice

Our Early Intervention in Psychosis team model shaped the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), NHS England, and the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Early Intervention in Psychosis care standard. As a direct result of implementing the Waiting Time Standard, by June 2018, more than 76% of Early Intervention delivered treatment within two weeks of referral to mental health services. Youth mental health services have been fundamentally redesigned, with a new 0- 25years service launched in Birmingham. This was then replicated in ten UK cities - covering a population in excess of eight million - as well on an international scale. This service will continue to be rolled out as part of the NHS plan (2019). Findings from MILESTONE have been incorporated into the The European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) guidelines and a training package developed for clinicians to improve transitional care across all 27 EU states Read more

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