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December 2021 Bulletin

This month’s edition includes:

1. HLP CYPMH Programme – New Staff Announcement
2. HLP Crisis Lines Campaign
3.
HLP CYPMH Equalities – Listening Project
4. HLP CYP Mental Health Summit II – 26th November 2021
5.
PCCP – eLearning Portal
6.
HLP Clinical Leadership Programme
7.
Good Thinking – Bereavement Resources
8.
Message from Andy Martin – Senior Programme Manager CYPMH
9. H
appy Holidays!

HLP CYPMH Programme: New Staff Announcement

Heathy London Partnership’s CYP Mental Health programme has some great news we have recently welcomed a new team member.

Louise Harrington has joined as a project manager working on the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and New Models of Community Mental Health programmes.

We are very happy to have Louise on board.

HLP Crisis Lines campaign

Healthy London Partnership has launched a campaign to raise awareness among young people and their families of London’s free NHS mental health crisis lines. The campaign has been developed with feedback and input from young people and parents, and will be largely based on social media, and for use in education and community settings, GP surgeries, and more.  

Since 2020 we have seen an increase in young people needing urgent mental health support. That’s why every mental health trust in London has put in place a free crisis line, supported by trained mental health advisors and clinicians, and open 365 days a year. However, research commissioned by HLP indicates that they are not well known among young people and parents. We need to ensure that the crisis lines and the services they provide are more widely known, so young people and their families can get help quickly when they need it. We also want to raise awareness of the crisis lines among professionals who may come into contact with young people in urgent mental health need.


Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer of The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust said: “The last 18 months have been particularly hard for young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Every trust has put in place an urgent mental health support offer. I urge you use your communications channels to share the campaign resources and ensure there is joined-up messaging across the system in London, so every young person is aware of the support on offer.”


A communications toolkit of the social media assets, posters, and articles for your own publications and website can be downloaded
here. Please help us to reach young people and families by using these resources on your social media channels and promoting them through your own stakeholders and networks.

Together we can raise awareness of the crisis lines and help young people get support when they need it.  

If you could like further information about the programme please let us know!

    HLP CYPMH Equalities – Listening Project

    Call to speak to young people from Black and Asian Backgrounds
    Healthy London Partnership is working with Black Thrive, Partnership for Young London and Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing, and Hounslow Mind to listen to the voices of Black and Asian young people.

    A crucial step of understanding the challenges faced by young people from Black and Asian backgrounds is understand their lived experience and the issues they face when accessing mental health support in London. This will support to shape the transformational actions to improve mental health service provision in London going forward for these groups. The aim is to speak to as many different intersects of young people from Black and Asian communities as possible.

    Please share the flyer below via your networks.
    If you have any questions about the listening exercise, please contact: erica.deti@nhs.net
    HLP CYP Mental Health Summit II – 26 November 2021
    Healthy London Partnership CYP MH programme hosted the second Children and Young People’s Summit on 26 November 2021 on Strengthening Community Mental Health Services in London.

    It was attended by 87 delegates from a wide range of organisations, including young people themselves from Partnership for Young London.

    It was an opportunity for CYPMH Leads to come together and establish what the priorities were as a London system to strengthen community mental health provision for children and young people. Agreement was gained strategically that involves the whole system approach and integrated models of care based on the THRIVE Framework and Principles. Also agreed were some priority actions to be taken forward to support the embedding of the strategic direction. This included:

    • Launch event to promote THRIVE and the new strategic direction
    • System-wide service mapping exercise to identify gaps and overlaps in local offers
    • Development of a Community of Practice to support the London-wide embedding of the approach
    • Development of appropriate governance arrangements and funding flows approach and shared evaluation framework to support the embedding of a whole system approach
    There were three main topics for discussion during the event including early intervention, prevention, and self-help, and CAMHS service transformation. The points raised in each of these areas will be extremely beneficial in taking this work forward.
    Paediatric Critical Care in Practice – New Self Harm Module
    Healthy London Partnership has a fantastic training offer for Paediatric staff in London via an online e-Learning portal which was updated this month. The programme offers health professionals across all of London’s acute paediatric hospital sites access to the same high-quality educational opportunities. It supports paediatric care and includes:

    • a wealth of evidence-based e-learning module
    • supporting resources and signposting to additional sources
    • quick reference guides

    There are many engaging modules available for your development such as eating disorders and our new self-harm module which just went live! Thank you to Olga Sotulenko, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, Tania Saour and Thinh Ngo both from Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust for developing the content for this module.

    Further modules on Substance Misuse and Depression and Anxiety will be added over the next few months, so do keep an eye out!   

    The resources are designed for London’s health professionals to use to develop their knowledge and skills across a variety of different topic areas.

    PCCP is free to access, and the registration process takes less than 5 minutes. If this is relevant to you, please sign up here now!
    HLP Clinical Leadership Programme
    HLP commissioned J9 Consulting to deliver a clinical leadership  programme which was an opportunity for clinical and service leads to develop solutions to the challenges identified in the Healthy London Partnership Children and Young People’s Mental Health Workforce Strategy which was published in May 2019.

    This aim was to help them lead and commission services that could reduce fragmentation, promote integration, tackle recruitment/retention and improve children and young people’s mental health services across London. Each of the London Mental Health Trusts were invited to nominate three representatives to join the programme.


    The programme was delivered over a six month period, to twenty seven delegates who were split across five project teams. Their task was to create 5 business cases in response to one of the challenges outlined in the
    HLP CYPMH Workforce Strategy. They completed 6 online modules, 18 hours of dedicated learning and 50 hours of self-directed learning. There was over 36 hours of coaching and mentoring for participants throughout. They then presented their business cases in November, to the Cavendish Square Group (collaboration of 10 London NHS Trusts responsible for mental health) CEOs, COOs, Medical Directors and Directors of Nursing.

    We would like to extend congratulations to those involved in this fantastic programme. The delegates have shown dedication to complete this programme and develop five excellent business cases supporting their proposals on:


    1.     CAMHS Support Teams
    2.     Employee Emotional Health & Wellbeing Framework
    3.     Meaningful Peer Workforce
    4.     CAMHS Navigators
    5.     A Compassionate Workforce

    Thanks again to Health Education England for funding the programme and to J9 Consulting & Executive Coaching.

    If you could like further information about the programme, please let us know!
    Good Thinking – Bereavement Resources
    Good Thinking have recently published bereavement resources on the website, for people who need support after losing a loved one.

    Bereavement and grief affect people in different ways – you might experience shock, numbness, anxiety, sadness, anger, exhaustion and even guilt – but Good Thinking have provided resources on how to cope.

    Resources include advice on how you can support someone else, and advice on providing culturally sensitive bereavement support (for practitioners). Faith based resources on bereavement will be coming soon so keep an eye out.

    Please do share with relevant colleagues and contacts!
    Message from Andy Martin – Senior Programme Manager
    Andy Martin, Senior Programme Manager for the CYP Mental Health Programme at HLP, will be leaving this month. Andy has been an integral part of the CYPMH teams’ success over the past six years! It has been an honour to have worked with him during this time and the team would like to wish him the very best in the future.

    Message from Andy Martin:
    “With a heavy heart I will be leaving Healthy London Partnership during December to join NHS England and NHS Improvement National Specialised Commissioning. My replacement will be announced shortly.

    It has been absolutely fantastic to be part of the CYPMH Programme over the last 6 years and see all the amazing transformation of CYPMH services and provision across London during this time. Keep up all the great work!”
    Happy Holidays!
    Happy Holidays! Thank you to all our readers and we hope you enjoy this festive period and break.

    We will continue to bring you important CYP mental health updates for London in the new year!
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