Issue 13: February 2017
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We will work together with children and young people in Lancashire to support their mental health and wellbeing and give them the best start in life.  

Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Transformation Programme

Briefing Update 

Welcome to the latest edition of the briefing which keeps you informed about the work of the Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health (CYPEWMH) Transformation Programme in Lancashire.  

Please help spread the word by sharing this newsletter with your colleagues and anyone you think is interested in hearing about the improvement of services for young people in Lancashire. 

We welcome your feedback on format and content. Details for giving feedback are given at the bottom of the Bulletin. 
In this month’s issue:

Our Refreshed Transformation Plan - Easy Read Version published
Care Quality Commission update 
Lancashire County Council's investment in Children and Young People's emotional wellbeing and mental health
Launch of Primary Mental Health Care Worker Service for Blackpool Fylde and Wyre

Dates for the diary

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Our Refreshed Transformation Plan.  Easy Read Version published 
Last month we described how the Lancashire Transformation Programme's work with children and young people is a five year programme to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the region and give them the best start in life. 

The Transformation plan, initially drawn up in 2016 and recently refreshed, is now available in an Easy Read version.  Easy Read documents are written to make information accessible for people with learning disabilities but they can be read by anyone. 
The original, refreshed and Easy Read versions of our Transformation Plan can be found on NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) websites across Lancashire.  Click on the following links for examples of where the plan can be found:

NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG - go directly to the Easy Read plan here
NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG - go directly to the full plan here
NHS Blackpool CCG - scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the original, refreshed and Easy Rad plans
NHS Greater Preston CCG - download the full plan from this page

The refreshed plan sets out our aims to continue to help young people to stay healthy and get help quickly when they need it.  This will be achieved partly by coordinating the work of mental health services, CCGs, Local Councils, NHS Trusts and hundreds of schools and other organisations in the region.

Care Quality Commission update
In July 2016 the Transition Board heard feedback from an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This followed on from an unannounced Safeguarding and Looked After Children (LAC) Inspection by the independent regulator of health and social care services. 

Responding to the feedback the Board put in place a number of steps to support improvement through the workstreams within the transformation programme. In January this year we were notified that the CQC was satisfied with the safeguarding inspection improvement plan. Our work will continue and we are keen to ensure that we work with partners to make further progress in the areas identified by CQC.

There was good news for other providers of health care in Lancashire too.  In January the CQC upgraded the rating of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (LCFT) to Good following a comprehensive inspection in September 2016. LCFT provides a range of inpatient and community mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people across Lancashire.
Lancashire County Council’s investment in Children and Young People’s emotional wellbeing and mental health
Lancashire County Council is shifting the focus of its investment in children and young people's emotional wellbeing and mental health services.  The Council is expanding its Emotional Health and Wellbeing Core Offer, as part of an overall approach to prevention and early help. This service will be delivered by qualified, skilled and experienced staff, enabling more children, young people and families to access help earlier and before they need more specialist interventions.  A range of services will be on offer, tailored to meet the needs of children and their families, including counselling, therapeutic group work and play therapy. Initially, this service will be delivered using £650,000 of funding provided the Lancashire School Forum for 2017/18. From September 2017 this funding will be supplemented by a further £500,000 of funding for 2017/18 from Lancashire County Council. 

When the new expanded service is ready to launch the County Council will let schools and other partners know through the Children and Young People's Trust Partnership briefings and an update will be included in the Bulletin. 
The County Council's increase in investment in prevention will be funded from a corresponding reduction in spending on more specialist health services for children and young people. CCGs across Lancashire have agreed to use some of the additional national funding that they receive to increase their investment in these more specialist services during 2017/18 whilst all partners work together to redesign services to ensure that as many children, young people and their families as possible are able to get the right help when they need it.
Launch of the Primary Mental Health Care Worker service for Blackpool and Fylde and Wyre
Last month saw the launch of the Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Primary Mental Health Worker (PMHW) service for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.  
PMHWs work in schools and in the community, offering training and one to one or group consultation to help improve the psychological wellbeing and resilience of children and young people. 
They work with school staff to identify specific children’s needs and undertake consultations to identify the right services for children and young people.  They can also help children and young people to get access to these services.   
In Blackpool the PMHW service has already been meeting with school staff and students. This has had many successes, including the establishment of the need for training on self-harm and other aspects of mental wellbeing.  The service has plans for training sessions on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and on relaxation techniques for secondary school staff, to allow them to support children to manage instances of anxiety and panic in school.
In East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, the East Lancashire Child and Adolescent Service (ELCAS) Primary Care team has already established a pilot project for PMHWs in selected GP practices.   The ECLAS Primary Care team is a multi-disciplinary team of seven people linked into specialist CAMHS provision.  They offer specific help, run parenting groups and undertake consultations with and training for schools, third sector and other partner agencies. 

Some dates for the diary

Lancashire Schools and Colleges Engagement Event

23 February 2017.

A conference for those working with young people giving key insights which will help in the development of a whole school/college approach to enhancing positive emotional wellbeing and mental health for pupils and staff.
9.00am – 4.15pm 
The Greats’ Room, Preston North End Football Club, Deepdale
Sir Tom Finney Way, Preston, PR1 6RU

Singing the BLEWSS II
An event aimed a achieving Better Local Emotional Wellbeing and Support Services for children and young people in Lancashire where you will be able to hear about the latest Transformation Plan, meet some of the people involved and have your say about the work being done.

Provisional date: 24 April 2017.   

Consultation on proposals to close Calderstones, England's last old long-stay learning disability hospital closes on 23 February.  

Have your say on proposals drawn up by local health and care leaders to modernise services and create more community support for people with a learning disability and/or autism in the North West before 23 February 2017.

Talking Eating Disorders Conference

Friday 3 March 2017.

St George’s Hall Liverpool

Organisers say this will be an inspirational and informative day that will help anyone who wants to know more about Eating Disorders, some of the latest innovations in treatment and how to support anyone affected. 

For more information visit

This briefing is for use within your own organisation and across your local system, for discussion and information. Please feel free to circulate it and include it on meeting agendas.  
We welcome your feedback.
If you have suggestions, questions or queries please contact and we will endeavour to respond as soon as we can. 
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