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Northumberland Children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing strategy


Northumberland’s approach

The local transformation plan publication, coupled with the emergence of the
THRIVE model as a basis for configuring services, have been used to finalise the
children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing strategy for
Northumberland. The strategy, which is agreed across all commissioner and
provider partner organisations, is designed to deliver our vision for services; in
doing so, it will shift the focus of service provision in the county to early intervention
and prevention where that is possible, whilst maintaining the now well performing
specialist service provision.

The new funds announced (approximately £500k for Northumberland) will be made
available by NHS England, subject to local transformation plans being assured in a
national process.

The scope of the Northumberland Emotional Health and Well Being improvement
strategy (which is our Local Transformation Plan) covers the full spectrum of
service provision and addresses the needs of all children and young people
including the most vulnerable, making it easier for them to access the support they
need when and where they need it.

By 2020 we will have laid the foundations for sustainable system wide service
transformation to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
including for the most vulnerable such as looked after children, adopted children or
those who have learning difficulties, closing the treatment gap so that more children
and young people with concerns about their mental health can access timely and
high quality care coordinated with other support they are receiving.

To deliver our vision, the Northumberland strategy group devised a model that
followed the traditional tiered approach to children and young people’s mental
health services. Following a detailed literature search and reflecting the passage of
time since the tiered model was first proposed, the strategy group has
reconceptualised its model for the future, based on the THRIVE model.

THRIVE Model has been developed by The Tavistock and Portman NHS
Foundation Trust and the Anna Freud Centre. It is gaining national recognition as a
useful model moving away from the service led Tiered model to a new
conceptualisation of CAMHs services based for the needs of children and young

The THRIVE model conceptualises four clusters (or groupings) for young people
with mental health issues and their families, as part of the wider group of young
people who are supported to thrive by a variety of prevention and promotion
initiatives in the community.

The model is based in case and performance management, and the embedded use
of outcomes measures, led by the children and young people with their families. It is
a predominantly a health model of evidence based intervention and needs to be
recognised in the context of communities where people will access a range of
health and social care services including education and employment.

Scott Dickinson Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board said: "I am delighted to see this strategy and thank those involved for the effort clearly put in. It is clear from reading that experiences and information has been listened to and this is about improving the deal for young people. I welcome the strategy and welcome the opportunity to monitor and oversee its implementation across the service areas."


Visit the full strategy here: http://committeedocs.northumberland.gov.uk/MeetingDocs/17381_M3985.pdf 

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