Improving young people’s mental health services

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Summary of report content

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group commissioned Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Healthwatch Peterborough to talk to young people about emotional wellbeing. This will help inform the redesign of children and young people’s mental health services, based on the iThrive model. This project took place during January, February and March 2016. Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Healthwatch Peterborough contacted four youth groups around Cambridgeshire: Active from Addenbrookes, Ely Sixth Form College social care class, and Carers Trust groups in Huntingdon and St. Ives. Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Healthwatch Peterborough ran focus groups sessions with the young people to help us understand their opinions and experiences of mental health. Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Healthwatch Peterborough asked 35 young people to tell us about their experiences with mental health services, and how they regard the wording around the subject. The key themes following the engagement included: Getting and having more information available; more mental health education; fighting stigma; sharing young peoples experiences. The report itself includes 8 learning points which have been shared with commissioners.

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General details

Report title 
Improving young people’s mental health services
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Cambridgeshire
Date of publication 
Sunday, 8 May, 2016
Date evidence capture began 
Sunday, 8 May, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Sunday, 8 May, 2016
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Engagement
Health promotion
Information providing
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-0964

Methodology and approach

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

Details of health and care services included in the report

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

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
35
Age group 
Not known
Gender 
Not known
Ethnicity 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
Does the information include other people's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Yes
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
No
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

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.