Children and young people’s mental health
The Bolton Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Local Transformation Plan (LTP) is part of Bolton’s plan for health and social care.
Our LTP has now been in place for a year and we’ve already made a number of improvements to how we provide mental health services for children and young people, a few of which are detailed below.
Involving and engaging
We have worked hard to ensure that children and young people who experience mental health difficulties had opportunities to share their views in a number of different ways. This has included inviting children and young people to events that were held to inform the development of the CAMHS (Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services) Transformation Plan so that they were able to directly input into this process.
We have been working closely with Greater Manchester partners to ensure that young people and children receive the support they need when in crisis. Together we have developed a new On Call Mental Health Liaison Service that provides safe crisis care, day or night, for children and young people in Bolton and right across our region.
Expanding service provision
We have invested in the expansion of CAMHS to improve access and reduce waiting times for treatment.
We are also developing services in the community and voluntary sector as well as early help and intervention in schools and other locations. A new wellbeing service is now up and running that will promote emotional wellbeing, working alongside children and young people to identify and support those with emotional and mental health difficulties. CAMHS nurses are now providing schools with support around mental health education and training
We have established a new joint Eating Disorder Service with Wigan, which means that more children and young people can access the support they need.
We remain committed to the needs of all children and young people and notably those who may experience mental health difficulties. We have considered our original LTP and in light of the views of our children, young people and their supporters we have recognised the further development required. There is a clear expectation that through the delivery of our LTP, we will achieve a significant expansion of provision and access to high quality mental health and wellbeing support for our children and young people and those who care for them. This means we must put children and young people at the very heart of all that we do and remain focused on delivery better services that meet their needs.
The new, updated version of our LTP recognises these aims and sets out how we plan to achieve them.
The LTP reflects a joint vision shared by NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, Bolton Council, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust (FT), and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMW). The plan has been developed with children and young people who have used Bolton’s mental health services, Healthwatch Bolton, and our partners in the voluntary and community sector. We can only achieve our ambitious plans for this area if we work closely in partnership with others, both in Bolton, and across Greater Manchester.