Agenda item - Foundations For Our Future – the final Report from the Sussex Wide Children & Young Person’s Emotional Health & Wellbeing Service Review

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Foundations For Our Future – the final Report from the Sussex Wide Children & Young Person’s Emotional Health & Wellbeing Service Review

Report of the Executive Director for Families, Children & Learning (Copy

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Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Committee –

 

(i)             Noted the Independently Chaired Report – Foundations For Our Future.

 

(ii)            Noted the Concordat which underpins the partnership commitment to act upon the recommendations.

 

(iii)          Noted the paper and discussion that was held at the Health & Wellbeing Board on 28th July 2020.

 

Minutes:

20.1 The Committee considered the report of the  Executive Director, Families, Children and Learning and the Clinical Commissioning Group regarding the ‘Report of the Sussex-wide review of Emotional Health and Wellbeing Support for Children and Young People’, which was an independently authored report which had been jointly commissioned by Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups, the three local authorities in Sussex and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The Review had been independently chaired throughout its duration. The report was introduced by Mr S Appleton who was the independent Chair of the review.

 

20.2  The Executive Director Families Children & Learning advised that an Oversight Group had been set up which comprised of the three Directors of Children’s Services from Brighton & Hove together with colleagues from East and West Sussex and the Chief Executive of the Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust (Sussex-wide provider of CAMHS provision). The purpose of the group was to oversee the implementation of the recommendations in the report and the creation of a Programme Director who would be responsible for the improvement of emotional health wellbeing and specialist mental health services across the area. The Director suggested that the Committee may wish to have a regular update from the Oversight Group and the Programme Director on progress made against the action plan. The Oversight Group had already met and agreed that it would be Chaired by Mr Gallimore Director of Children’s Services at East Sussex County Council, and Co-Chaired by Ms Allen Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

 

20.3  Councillor Hills asked why the number of children receiving treatment after the initial consultation was 46% but the national average was 69%. Mr Appleton said difference would be due to different thresholds and criteria for accessing specialist services.

 

20.4  Councillor Simson asked when changes to the service were likely to happen. The Executive Director Families Children & Learning said that when the Programme Director was appointed, they would be responsible for taking the recommendations forward.

 

20.5  Councillor Lloyd referred to the map showing the list of services in the City and asked who produced it, and if it included all the available services. Mr Appleton said the map was produced by the project team within the CCG and should include the relevant services but would be updated as necessary.

 

20.6  Councillor Shanks asked if support for young people now returning to school would be available where needed. The Executive Director said it was and the School’s Wellbeing Service was providing support for children and their families. Councillor Shanks asked how the proposed recommendations in the report would be monitored. The Director said that the Health & Wellbeing Board (HWB) in partnership with the CCG were responsible for decision making on this matter, but this Committee could receive copies of reports considered by the HWB. The Chair agreed that that would be useful.

 

20.7  Councillor Grimshaw noted that if children were being supported by CAMHS they would have to transfer to adult services once they turned 18 and asked if there was some way that they could be supported during that transition.  Mr Appleford agreed that it was a national as well as a local problem and said that there had been attempts to smooth the transition through national guidance, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists were also looking at this issue.

 

20.8  Mr Muirhead noted that children with neurodevelopmental disorders could wait up to two years from referral to an assessment of their needs, which was much longer than other referrals, and asked if the Oversight Group could develop targets to monitor progress. Mr Appleford agreed that there was a disparity in the timelines and that was something which the implementation of the recommendations would address.

 

20.9  The Executive Director Families Children & Learning confirmed that the recommendations in the report would be translated into an action plan and Programme Director would be responsible for the implementation of that action plan.

 

20.10  RESOLVED: That the Committee –

 

(i)             Noted the Independently Chaired Report – Foundations For Our Future.

 

(ii)            Noted the Concordat which underpins the partnership commitment to act upon the recommendations.

 

(iii)          Noted the paper and discussion that was held at the Health & Wellbeing Board on 28th July 2020.

 

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