Children and young people are those who are of compulsory school age and younger. We commission services for children and young people, sometimes on our own and sometimes in partnership with Tower Hamlets Council. This includes hospital services from Barts Health NHS Trust and community services from East London NHS Foundation Trust.
Recent projects for children and young people include:
- A successful pilot project with Barts Health NHS Trust to improve outcomes and experiences of services for children and young people with complex health needs, many of whom often need to access many different specialist services. Over the next year, we plan to work with our partners to embed this approach in our day-to-day practice and ensure we provide tailored care for children with the most complex health needs.
- Ongoing work to set up closer links between local GPs and consultants, in order to provide immediate expert clinical advice and ongoing education on how to deal with the most common childhood conditions. As a result, fewer children needed referral to hospital, and of those that were referred, many were able to attend a rapid access clinic instead of having to wait for an appointment. We now plan to expand this project to make it even easier and quicker for children to be assessed and treated by the right clinician locally.
Children and young people’s mental health
We have also made progress in the development of services for children and young people’s mental health in Tower Hamlets.
Together with local partners including Tower Hamlets Council, public health and ELFT as well as voluntary organisations, we have published a transformation plan for the next four years. We have already invested heavily in a number of areas including:
- A new community eating disorders service, which started in April 2016, in Tower Hamlets, Newham and City and Hackney.
- Increased support for children and young people on the autistic spectrum.
- An improved approach for children or young people with conduct disorder, which includes proactively reaching out to families as well as group work for children and parents.
- A new young people’s mental health service, starting in 2017, which promotes better mental wellbeing, uses evidence-based therapy and is based on different health and care organisations working together to deliver the best possible care.
- Training for schools on mental health, including eating disorders, to support them to meet the needs of their pupils.
Local services have achieved visible improvements in service performance and we continue to work with children and young people to improve their experiences of local services and to shape how these services are commissioned.
Earlier this year, Tower Hamlets CCG published a Local Transformation Plan for Children and Young People’s Mental Health, as agreed with Tower Hamlets Council and other local partners. The plan has been signed off by the Tower Hamlets Health and Wellbeing Board. Its purpose is to show in an open and transparent way the progress local partners are making in transformation in line with the national policy document, Future in Mind, published in 2015 by the Department of Health and NHS England. The full plan and a second document showing plans to update it can be downloaded from this webpage.
Children and special educational needs and disability
Tower Hamlets CCG and Tower Hamlets council have launched a new five-year strategy for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Download the full strategy and a summary document.
For more information or to give feedback on any of the information on this page, please email us.