Children and young people’s mental health
The Bolton Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Local Transformation Plan (LTP) forms part of the overarching Bolton Health and Care Locality Plan which sets out the local vision and aims which directly support the development and delivery of the Greater Manchester (GM) Devolution programme.
Mental health difficulties in children and young people are associated with educational failure, family disruption, disability, offending and antisocial behaviour, placing demands on social services, schools and the youth justice system. Untreated mental health problems create distress not only in the children and young people, but also for their families and carers, continuing into adult life and affecting the next generation. Devolution has enabled Greater Manchester to collectively respond to the challenges outlined within Future in Mind and in doing so, make a step change in transforming mental health services for children and young people living in Greater Manchester.
As part of devolution, Greater Manchester made a clear commitment to develop the current provision of mental health services, working towards parity of esteem. This includes taking collaborative action in making full use of the targeted Children and Young People’s mental health investment in localities, clusters and across Greater Manchester; supporting activity linked to refreshed Local Transformation Plans (LTPs) devised to deliver the ambition set out in Future in Mind (FIM). This guidance emphasises the need for joined-up commissioning and provision. To support this system alignment, a Greater Manchester Future In Minds Delivery Group has been instigated as a consortium of all 12 x Greater Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups (and will include 10 Local Authorities), with representation from the Strategic Clinical Network, NHS England Specialised Commissioning and Public Health.
Bolton’s LTP has now been in place for three years and is required to be refreshed in order to describe and reflect on local progress, confirming that funding has been spent in accordance with the original plan. The refresh provides a high-level overview of the future ambition of the locality to fully achieve whole system transformation in order to improve outcomes for children and young people with mental health problems.
The LTP reflects the strategic vision of Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Bolton Council, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust (FT), Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH). The plan has been developed with Children and Young People (CYP) with lived experience of emotional health and wellbeing difficulties in addition to Bolton’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector, Bolton Healthwatch and other key stakeholders across the Borough. Delivery of the outcomes is only possible with significant joint working between all these partners and at scale across GM.
To read the 18/19 Refresh of Bolton's Children and Young People’s Local Transformation Plan, please click on the download link below.