Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), the three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and the local authorities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are delighted to announce the launch of a new service to support young people in mental health crisis and their families.

As part of the Future in Mind Transformation Programme which focuses on improving the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People, extensive consultation was carried out with children, young people and families who have had experience of LPT’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). This consultation identified a clear need for a targeted crisis and home treatment service across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. LPT has worked closely with young people, with Commissioners and with the local authorities to develop this new service.

The new Crisis Resolution and Home Service Treatment Service will provide treatment and support at home for children and young people in mental health crisis and for their families in situations where no physical medical intervention is required.

The service will launch on 1 April 2017, building on the existing on-call team which has been in place for a year. It forms part of LPT’s Five Year Improvement Programme for CAMHS which began in 2016.

Currently, many children and young people experiencing severe mental and emotional distress end up at Accident and Emergency, where access to appropriate and timely psychiatric liaison from specialist child and adolescent mental health professionals is not always immediately available. LPT’s new crisis resolution and home treatment service will ensure these children and young people receive timely and appropriate care without having to be admitted to hospital. Where admission has been necessary, the team will deliver a supportive relapse prevention and recovery
care plan to enable early discharge.

The Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Service, which will be based at the Agnes Unit on Anstey Lane in Leicester, is aligned with the Adult Service, and will run 365 days a year from 8.00am until 10.00 pm daily. Outside of these hours, referrals will be handled by LPT’s  Adult Crisis Team.

Care will be tailored to meet the needs of the child or young person and their family,whether this takes the form of a one-off assessment at home, at school or at the GP surgery, or a period of intensive home treatment. The service is aimed at those who

  • At immediate and significant risk of self-harm or suicide
  • Experiencing acute physcological or emotional distress which is having such a significaant impact on their wellbeing that their schooling is being affected
  • Being considered for an admission to a mental health inpatient unit
  • Posing an immediate or significant risk to others due to their mental health

The service will provide a single point of access for referrers, including GPs, healthprofessionals, local authority professionals, schools, the police and the voluntary sector. Once a referral is received and accepted, the team will seek to make telephone contact with the family within two hours, aiming to assess the child or young person within four to 24 hours depending on the urgency.

Adam Mckeown, Head of Service for Specialised Children’s Services and Learning Disability Services at LPT said: “I am delighted that, after many months of engaging with young people, planning and recruitment, we will be launching our new children’s crisis resolution and home treatment service on 1st April.

“The new team will give children and young people the flexibility they told us they wanted to be supported at home and in the community when experiencing a mental health crisis. The team will work closely with our current CAMHS Community Services to ensure emergency and
urgent support is available outside of a hospital setting.”

Elaine Egan-Morriss, CAMHS Commissioner, said: “It is great news that we are now able to offer this new service that has been developed in partnership with children, young people and their families as part of the programme to transform children andyoung people’s services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The service is aimed at improving the experience of children and young people suffering a mental health crisis, by delivering care closer to home, thereby promoting their recovery.”

A formal launch event is planned for Wednesday 3rd May 2017.