New Children and Young People’s Mental Health Team in Government Confirmed

Minister Confirms Dedicated Children and Young People’s Mental Health Team in Government

In answer to a question from Shadow Mental Health Minister Luciana Berger MP, Social Care Minister Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP confirmed that there is a team within the Department of Health with specific responsibility for policy on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. He also confirmed that thematic reviews from NHS England on Local Transformation Plans to ensure that they align with the Future in Mind principles would be available ‘shortly’.

In response to a question asked by Oliver Colvile MP (Conservative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport) asking what plans there are to ensure that the workforce requirements for the delivery of the NHS England transformation plan can be met with qualified clinical psychologists within the five-year timescale of the plan, Alistair Burt MP responded:

“As set out in the independent Mental Health Taskforce report, Health Education England is working with NHS England, Public Health England, the Local Government Association and local authorities, professional bodies, charities, experts-by-experience and others to develop a costed, multi-disciplinary, five-year workforce strategy. This will focus on the future shape and skill mix of the workforce required to deliver both the Taskforce’s recommendations and the workforce recommendations set out in the Future in Mind strategy for improving children and young people’s mental health.

“Health Education England will also consider the future requirements for training new clinical psychologists and psychotherapists as part of its workforce strategy. Health Education England published its commissioning and investment plan for 2016/17 which sets out plans to commission 526 training places for clinical psychologists in 2016/17 and 43 child psychotherapist places.”

The ACP continues to ask for clarity around the protection of it's child psychotherapy trainings beyond 2017.

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