In 2017, the Government published its Green Paper for Transforming children and young people’s mental health, which detailed proposals for expanding access to mental health care for children and young people, building on the national NHS transformation programme which is already underway.
Supported by partners, NHS England is leading the delivery of two of the programme’s main commitments:
- Establishing new Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs);
- Trialling a four-week waiting time for access to specialist NHS children and young people’s mental health services.
The first Mental Health Support Teams will be set up in 25 trailblazer areas of which 12 trailblazers will also trial a four-week waiting time. These are expected to begin work by the end 2019. NHS England regional teams will support the trailblazers through this process.
Further plans for the development of children and young people’s mental health care will be detailed in the forthcoming NHS Long-Term Plan.