A national programme to improve mental health services for young people and their families is being rolled out across Ryedale.
A local partnership involving mental health staff from the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and community interest company Investing in Children has secured £355,000 to extend the children and young people’s improving access to psychological therapies programme, which is already in place in Hambleton and Richmondshire.
The aim of the programme is to transform services to give patients and their families a greater say in their care and in how services are developed. They will be more involved in decisions about their own treatment as well as the recruitment of staff and the design of services. The funding will also enable clinicians to receive specialist training.
Consultant clinical psychologist Lynne Howey said: “We are really pleased to be a part of this national programme, which offers good quality training to a wide section of frontline clinical staff. The funding ensures that we are able to maintain services whilst staff are in training. It also means we can provide the necessary structure within services so that these skills can be maintained for the longer term benefit of the young people.”