Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership’s Children and Young People Transformation Board has reviewed the Northamptonshire Future in Mind (FIM) 2021-22 report that will be published later this month.

Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership’s Children and Young People Transformation Board has reviewed the Northamptonshire Future in Mind (FIM) 2021-22 report that will be published later this month.

The report will be published in a variety of formats to meet the needs of our inclusive population and is called our Northamptonshire Children and Young People Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Local Transformation Plan 2021/22.

Under Future In Mind, Northamptonshire has been on a seven-year-long journey to continue to improve the mental health of our children and young people. Mental health services for children and young people have continued to see a major increase in demand for support – including a 200 per cent increase during the COVID pandemic – especially from those who are in crisis.

The ability to flex and support our population has shown that Future in Mind has made a difference, enabling the county to support an average of 300 per cent more children and young people now than when Future In Mind began in 2016. In spite of the ability to do more thanks to Future in Mind, the demand for support continues to grow, with children and young people seeking help for more complex issues and often at a later stage.

The Future in Mind documents being published in the coming weeks set out the 2020/21 key priorities and our aspirations for the future. They have been developed following consultation with children and young people, carers and professional partners and show the challenges we have encountered, the good work that has taken place and set out a view of what we are doing in 2021/22 to continue to support as many people as possible at the right place and time.

Cathi Hadley, Senior Responsible Officer for the NHCP Children and Young People Transformation Programme, said: “The report highlights our need to really focus on improving our work in schools and communities and understanding the needs of our diverse population. We are encouraging people to seek help sooner to enable us to support with earlier intervention and reduce crisis needs.

“There is a commitment to develop a more robust workforce development plan as well as expanding our work with vulnerable groups. Our work with young people has shown how this is a living programme that needs to adapt to the dynamic changes of a post-pandemic Northamptonshire.”

Northamptonshire Future In Mind was led by David Loyd-Hearn, Commissioning Transformation Manager at NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group. David has worked in the county for many years and has particular expertise in working with children, young people and their families living with mental health needs and neurodiversity.

David said: “In the final preparation phase, our Talk Out Loud young people engagement brought up a number of areas they would like us to address, which further defined our local ambitions. For example, they raised concerns about the need to further reduce stigma to encourage males to ask for help, and asked us to focus more on peer support and the things they can do to help their friends and family.

“This has been a tremendous system-wide and community produced report during one of the most challenging times in our lives. We are truly thankful to all who contributed.”

Alongside the main Future In Mind report, a version co-produced with children and young people and an easy read version have also been published. You can access each of the documents here.