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
Tower Hamlets has an ongoing commitment to improve the mental and emotional health of children and young people. This is reflected in local strategies including Tower Hamlets Health and Wellbeing Strategy (2016), the Children and Families Plan (2016-2019) and Tower Hamlets Together Born Well Growing Well Programme.
Since the first Local Transformation Plan for Children and Young People Mental Health in 2015 we achieved significant improvements across the system. In 2017/18 Tower Hamlets partners reorganised work programmes adopting a holistic, life-course framework to support our ambition to services that are as receptive and responsive to emotional and mental wellbeing as to physical health.
We have been working on improving the early support offer available to children and families in order to prevent problems to become more serious later in life. One of the outcomes of our collaborative efforts is the nomination of Tower Hamlets as Trailblazer site for the new Mental Health in Schools service and to pilot a new 4 week waiting time target for CAMHS.
At the other end of the spectrum, we have also been working on improving our response to crisis, and support for the most vulnerable children require system- wide support with Education, Social Care, Youth Offending services. A key development in this arena is the pilot of a hospital based extended hours crisis service across Tower Hamlets, Newham and City and Hackney, complemented by a new community crisis team providing outreach and home treatment.
This Transformation Plan articulates our achievements and refreshes our vision and priorities for 2018- 2021 in line with the local developments and national policies Future in Mind, Implementing the Five Years Forward View plan, Transforming Care and the recent Green Paper Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision (2018).
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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.
Tower Hamlets Local Offer
Tower Hamlets Council has published a dedicated guide to services for parents or carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. It includes information about education, health and care provision. The local offer should make it easier to find out what you need to know, gives details about what is available and where to get further information.
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