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Cash boost for children and young people’s services

Bury is to receive a cash boost to help transform emotional health and wellbeing services for children and young people.  

In response to the document ‘Future in Mind’, which focusses on promoting, protecting and improving mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people, a Bury plan of action for the next 5 years has been developed with the help of local children, young people and their families, to transform these services in Bury.   

Teams working within the NHS, children’s services, public health, the voluntary and community sector, youth justice and education have contributed to the plan, which has now been given the green light by NHS England.   As a result, Bury will receive almost £2 million of additional funding from NHS England, released over the next 5 years, to help to deliver its vision by 2020*.

Stuart North, Chief Officer for NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We have been listening to children, young people and their families about how they would like services to look in the future, what works well and what needs to change.”

“We heard that quite often, people don’t know where to go for help and support, and our plan aims to make access to services much simpler.  There will also be more of a focus on providing support at the earliest stage, including through self-help resources, to prevent children and young people from becoming poorly, and providing care closer to home.”

Bury’s plan focusses on:

  • Making sure children and young people know where to go for support
  • Making services easier to access and keeping waiting times to a minimum
  • Having more of a focus on self-help, prevention and picking up problems at the earliest stage, where possible preventing a crisis situation
  • Providing care as close to home as possible and setting up a ‘one stop community shop’ for emotional health and wellbeing
  • Enhancing counselling services and developing a community based eating disorders service

Gaynor Hodson, Operational Manager for Bury CAMHS, part of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust added: “It’s important that children and young people who are experiencing emotional wellbeing and mental health issues, along with their families or carers, have access to the right care, in the right place, when they need it.”

“It’s exciting to be working in partnership with colleagues within the wider NHS, Local Authority, voluntary sector and beyond, to make this happen.  This additional and much-needed funding will help us to achieve our shared aspiration of ensuring children and young people get the very best start in life and can reach their full potential.”

Dr. Raj Patel, Medical Director for NHS England (Lancashire and Greater Manchester) added: “We are pleased to support the transformation of emotional health and wellbeing services for children and young people in Bury. The area will receive almost £2 million of additional funding from NHS England, released over the next 5 years to help deliver its vision by 2020.”

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Date: 11th January 2016

FOR PRESS & MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Contact Carrie Dearden, Communications and Engagement Manager on 0161 762 3106 or email buccg.communications@nhs.net

Notes to Editor:

*Funding from NHS England will total £1,945,000, received over 5 years (i.e. £389,000 per year). 

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