South West Provider Collaborative and Lead Provider Devon Partnership Trust
Transforming Access To, And Experiences Of, Specialised Mental Health Care For Children And Young People In The South West
Following a comprehensive needs analysis of specialised child and adolescent mental health services provision in the South West, the provider collaborative co-created a whole care pathway redesigned to meet the complex needs of the region’s children and young people. In the first 18 months after taking on commissioning responsibilities, organisers reinvested more £3m of efficiency savings to improve quality and access to mental healthcare, with a focus on the most vulnerable and marginalised children and young people. Inpatient bed usage was reduced by 60.4 per cent and, through early intervention, significantly decreased the numbers being sent out of region for treatment by 84 per cent.
The judges were impressed by this team’s use of resources to absolutely transform pathways in their region. The improvement in access to appropriate care for children and young people is a result of passionate work and a targeted approach that undoubtedly has changed lives.
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