Commissioners have been asked to make specific arrangements to monitor waiting times from referral to treatment for children and young people with an eating disorder.
NHS England has requested that baseline data be submitted via Unify from August 2016. Compliance to the standard will be monitored from April 2017. Commissioners will need to assure themselves that provider organisations can submit the required information, and will need to sign off provider submissions. The first collection will be for the first quarter of 2016, with a requirement for CCGs to sign off provider submissions on Unify by 9 September 2016. Guidance and a full timetable will be available on Unify from August 2016
NHS England and the Department of Education have joined forces to launch a multimillion pound joint mental health pilot scheme for schools. The Mental Health Services and Schools Link Pilots will test a named single point of contact in 255 schools and in 22 pilot areas, meaning more joined up working between schools and health services.
The single point of contact in the schools will be responsible for developing closer relationships with a counterpart in local NHS children and adult mental health services to improve knowledge and understanding of mental health issues, and to help ensure any referrals are timely and appropriate.
The pilot is part of the vision set out in the Future in Mind report, which made a number of proposals on how mental health services for children and young people could be improved.
NHS England has distributed £30m of funding to improve eating disorder services aiming to achieve 95 per cent of patients being seen within four weeks or one week for urgent cases by 2020.
The funding is the first stage of a new programme to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing and will be used to improve community based eating disorder (ED) services so patients are helped earlier and fewer need in-patient care.
The funding will be recurrent for five years as part of the Autumn statement announcement in 2014, and in addition to the £1.25bn pledged in the March 2015 budget for CAMHS which is also over the next five years.