Young people mental health report

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Summary of report content

The purpose of this evaluative survey is to examine mental health service provisions available and being accessed by children and young people (“C&YP”) in Hounslow, with a view to finding out their appropriateness, effectiveness, and adequacy, and to review mental health pathways so as to identify service gaps and any areas requiring further improvement and progress. Specific focus is also paid to C&YP from some specially disadvantaged ethnic minorities and emerging communities. The main areas of focus for the study, in order to have access to the required data, were local schools, key organisations providing mental health services and also GPs. The key organisations targeted in the study were the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (or CAMHS); Targeted Mental Health in Schools (or TaMHS); Hounslow Youth Counselling Service (HYCS); Counselling in local Schools/Colleges Early Intervention Service (EIS) and West Middlesex University hospital’s A&E and Paediatrics Unit. Different questionnaires were used for each target group. Each organisation was examined as according to the view of the C&YP, their parents (or carers) and the GPs. Individuals who were not affected by MH were also examined so as to glean their views on the subject, and the provisions available. Most of those interviewed felt that 4 they understood what MH services meant, with a large majority maintaining that greater awareness of MH problems should be created in schools. Communicating with the Nepalese community in particular, it is evident that there is a greater need for targeted MH Services for ethnic minority communities, and to make these more accessible to counteract language barriers. Through the examination of the above data, suggestions for improvement were established. These ranged from better communication of the services in general, as well as throughout the process, to more flexibility with regards to the process as a whole. Funding is necessary in order to achieve the aims, specifically follow up support. On the whole, the local Transformation Board Meeting of Hounslow expressed positive and exciting changes in the future, with the result of putting an end to any stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

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General details

Report title 
Young people mental health report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Hounslow
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 1 March, 2016
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 1 March, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Tuesday, 1 March, 2016
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Access
Communication between staff and patients
Information providing
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-6216

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
What type of organisation requested the work 
N/A
Primary research method used 
Survey
How was the information collected? 
Survey
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 
Not known
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? 
No
Does the information include staff's views? 
Yes
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
All care professionals
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? 
Yes action has been taken or promised
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.