The Care Quality Commission (CQC) recently (8 March 2018) published a new report:
Are we listening? A review of children and young people’s mental health services
This report describes the findings of an independent review of the system of services that support children and young people’s mental health.
The CQC looked at three main aspects of the mental health system for children and young people:
- People’s experience of and involvement in care
- How partners plan and deliver services that offer high quality care that can be accessed in a timely fashion
- How partners in the local area identify mental health needs and what they do to start the process of getting the right support for children and young people
The report details their findings, recommendations and next steps.
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Responding to the report, Imelda Redmond, Healthwatch England’s National Director, said:
“Mental health and the support available is one of the key issues people raise with Healthwatch, with the care for children and young people a common area of concern.
“CQC’s report highlights the measures that have already been put in place to improve the situation, but also challenges the Government and the wider health and care sector to go even further and work together to make young people’s mental health a top priority.
“All across the country our local staff and volunteers are working with young people and their families to help design the services they want, and it’s great to see the CQC encouraging more local health, care and education leaders to listen to what people have to say.
“Ultimately the findings of this report and the changes it will set in motion need to improve not just the level of access to services but also the experience of receiving care. To know if this is being achieved it is vital that feedback from patients is encouraged.
“If you have a view about the care in your area, or want to share an idea of how you think things could be improved, Healthwatch in your area is here to help. We also want to hear from people who aren’t getting the help they need so we can hold those in charge to account.”
What do you think about mental health care and support for children and young people?
If you have an experience about mental health care and support for children and young people that you would like to share, get in touch with Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire.