To consider the following Overview and Scrutiny Project report:
1. The Scrutiny Review of Transition from Child Mental Health Services to Adult Mental Health Services.
Overview and Scrutiny Committee had referred, to Cabinet, the Scrutiny Review of the transition from Child Mental Health Services to Adult Mental Health services and Councillor Pippa Connor Chair of the Adults and Health Scrutiny Panel was invited to introduce the report to Cabinet.
The necessity for this review had been identified at the Scrutiny Cafe session in 2014 where the support for vulnerable young people with mental health problems, progressing from Children’s Services to Adult Services, had been discussed. Officers and stakeholders including service users and staff had identified this ‘cliff edge’ transition as a major issue, often resulting in a young person not getting the appropriate level of support at the right time. This left the young person vulnerable to worsening mental health.
Following workshop sessions with stakeholders and partners and evidence gathering the panel had compiled 7 recommendations including the initiation of a pilot project, headed up by Dr Nick Barnes, to support young people with mental health problems with a joined up wrap around service. This initiative would also hopefully sit within the new joint and Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework which will provide the opportunity to transform local mental health services and improve mental health outcomes for residents.
Cllr Connor continued to thank the participants and stakeholders for taking part in the review and Scrutiny Team for compiling the report.