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Transforming mental health services by building relationships with young people

Posted on the 29th June 2018

Mental health services in central Lancashire have worked with young people who have experience of mental health issues to hold a one-day conference on the transformation of services to improve the way that mental health care is provided to children, young people and their families.

Over 100 professionals from health, social care, criminal justice, education, council and third sector organisations from across Lancashire attended the event, entitled “It’s all about trust – CAMHS Conference 2018.”

The conference, held on Friday 29 June, led to discussions on some of the current challenges and developments in delivering mental health and wellbeing services for young people.

Organised by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Chorley & South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Group and Accrington & Rossendale College, the event also had input from young people with experience of mental health challenges who have accessed services for support.

Michelle Taylor, Primary Mental Health Worker in CAMHS at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

The event follows on from the ‘Future in Mind’ report that NHS England and the Department of Health released in 2015 on the importance of easier access to effective mental health care for children, young people and their families at point of need, and also the recent green paper on transforming mental health services for young people. The conference was held to capture some of the exciting developments that are taking place in Lancashire and local partners are working together to bring about change in line with the key principles set out in the report.

“We explored the importance of trust and building effective therapeutic relationships when working with young people. There were opportunities to understand the importance of attachment and child development in building resilience and mental wellbeing, learn about key mental health issues affecting young people, explore a range of therapeutic tools used to support mental wellbeing, gain an overview of current models of practice, gain an awareness of current strategic frameworks and service developments, and gain insight about what is important when delivering effective services from experts by experience.”

Speakers on the day included Susan Holloway from Chorley & South Ribble and Greater Preston CCGs, Dave Eaton from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Andrea Johnson-Renshaw, Consultant Clinical Psychological Lead at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, and Dr Andy McLean, Senior Clinical Psychologist at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, along with presentations by young people who shared their experiences of CAMHS. The event also included several workshops on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Self Harm and Suicide, and Attachment and child development.

The conference was hosted by Accrington and Rossendale College and forms part of a broader offer of professional development opportunities including Foundation Degrees in a range of subjects including Mental Health Work and specialist training available throughout the year.