Children and young people mental health consultation report

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Summary of report content

Darlington Borough Council and Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group contacted Healthwatch Darlington to gather feedback from children and young people, as well as parents and carers, about their views on the future of mental health provision. The consultation took place over a period of 10 weeks. The team used survey methods and conducted focus groups to gain the data. They were able to gather feedback from 330 people in total. The findings were mixed. Waiting times were highlighted as a significant issue, with some individuals reporting that they had been waiting for up to 6 months for an appointment to see a specialist. Concerns were also expressed about the lack of information regarding mental health. Raising awareness of mental health was identified as a top priority for young people and their parents. The report made 12 recommendations in total. Many of these related to improving information sharing and access, as well as increasing resources. The team also recommended that the findings from the report be adopted by Darlington Borough Council and Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group.

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General details

Report title 
Children and young people mental health consultation report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Darlington
Date of publication 
Friday, 1 April, 2016
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 1 February, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 1 April, 2016
Type of report 
Key themes 
Quality of care
Waiting times and lists for treatment
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Local Council
Primary research method used 
Focus group
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Mental health
Types of long term conditions 
Mental health condition
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Not known
Does the information include other people's views? 
Not known
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.