Commissioning for mental health and psychological wellbeing



Better mental health outcomes for children and young people: a resource directory for commissioners

Commissioning high quality, effective children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing services is a safeguard for children and families, and a cost-effective investment over the medium to long term.

This directory brings together a range of valuable information, guidance and tools to help commissioners meet this aim. It is for everyone commissioning children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing services, in particular GP consortia and local authorities. It will also be of interest to the NHS National Commissioning Board and others commissioning specialist services on a regional or national basis, as well as providers and the voluntary sector.

It will help commissioners ensure that services are sustainable, high quality, productive, efficient and grounded in the best available evidence.

The purpose of the directory is to ensure that the principles, exemplars and practical tools developed by the National CAMHS Support Service between 2003 and 2011 remain accessible to all those who are commissioning services for children, young people and their families in the future.

Providing links to the full text of over 250 resources, this easy to navigate directory is organised into eight sections:
  • Children and young people’s mental health and mental health needs
  • Statutory and policy framework
  • General commissioning advice and guidance
  • Planning and developing the workforce
  • Delivering services: prevention and early intervention
  • Delivering services: targeted and specialist services
  • Participation: no decision about me without me
  • Quality, outcomes and evidence

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