The Transformation of Children and Young People’s Emotional and Mental Health Services in Rochdale


In December 2015, we developed and launched our ambitious plan to enhance and improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing support for children and young people in Rochdale. We are happy to report that we have already travelled some way to achieving our aims; however, we recognise that there is much more that we can do to truly make a difference to the lives of children and young people living and growing up in Rochdale.


The Rochdale Borough local transformation plan for children and young people’s emotional and mental health was always intended to be iterative as we continue to develop it to ensure that it meets the changing needs and priorities within the borough. As a result, the Borough-wide CAMHS Emotional Health and Wellbeing Partnership (the group responsible for setting and agreeing the priorities within the plan, as well as monitoring delivery) have reviewed the plan and a new refreshed version for 2017/18 has now been agreed. The refreshed plan highlights our progress in delivering the aims that were set in 2015, as well as setting out our ambitions for 2017 and beyond.


Our vision articulated in the original plan to transform emotional and mental health services in Rochdale by shifting the focus of children and young people’s mental health services to prevention and intervention remains and is demonstrated within the plan.


The refreshed Rochdale Borough CAMHS Transformation Plan can be found here.


The progress made on the delivery of our aims and pledges can be found here. For information, this document will be updated following each CAMHS Emotional Health and Wellbeing Partnership meeting. The dates of the Partnership meetings can be found here.


Plans to refresh the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan for 2018/19

Local Transformation Plans (LTP) should be viewed as ‘living’ documents, which needs to be refreshed annually and delivered through action plans for the 5 year life span of the programme (2015/16-20/21).

In order to provide greater synergy with devolved health and social care planning across Greater Manchester all 10 CCGs will be publishing a refreshed Children and Young People’s LTP in March 2018. All LTPs were refreshed in March 2017 and plans remain current.

The refresh of the LTP is seen by NSHE as the evidence that progress is being made, that the funding is being spent as intended and will provide evidence on how local services are being transformed. At the same time LTPs should be seen as part of the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).

Our CCG is committed to the ongoing transformation of children and young persons’ mental health services and we are committed to improve access to quality services for children and young people and those who care for them.

We will work with Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and Greater Manchester’s 10 Local Authorities and 9 CCGs to commission and deliver services where populations and needs require a wider implementation than at single CCG locality area.

Developments we will support and collaborate to implement include:

  • From April 2018 the implementation of a single pan Greater Manchester service specification and outcomes framework for all of Greater Manchester’s specialist providers of children and young persons’ mental health services.
  • From January 2018 the implementation of a Greater Manchester THRIVE training and development Hub and team that will increase capacity to enhance and extend the development of locally developed THRIVE informed care pathways. Under the umbrella of the THRIVE training Hub there will be increased awareness raising of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences and more informed trauma sensitive interventions
  • From January 2018 the phased implementation of a Greater Manchester Crisis Care Pathway for children and young people, that will involve the recruitment of 4 crisis resolution and home intervention teams, additional short stay beds and two safe zone areas to be used as an alternative to hospital admission for children and young people who present in mental health crisis. This will be a four year development programme supported by a 7 day per week access offer provided by specialist CYP mental health services (CAMHS). Along with 9 other GM CCGs we will via CCG LTP funding enhance staffing within our specialist CYP mental health services.
  • From January 2018 we will work collaboratively with key stakeholders and the GM inpatient mental health providers alliance to develop a Greater Manchester focused inpatient mental health offer, ensuring “Greater Manchester beds for Greater Manchester’s Young People”.
  • From April 2018 the implementation of a Greater Manchester workforce development strategy that will support both the recruitment and retention of the GM children and young persons’ workforce, and greater flexibility of staff deployment across provider organisations.
  • Utilising our LTP funding we will continue to fund staff to access a range of Increased Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) training opportunities.
  • From January 2018 introducing a mental health support offer for Greater Manchester’s education settings that will enhance and extend developments that our CCG has already commissioned or developed in partnership with our Local Authority and education settings.
  • From January 2018 with the 9 other CCGs we will begin planning a consistent GM approach to transitions from CYP mental health to adult mental health services.
  • From January 2018 we will work with GM/s LAs and CCGs to develop recommendations for a more equitable and consistent mental health offer for all of Greater Manchester’s Looked After Children population, and for those involved with the Youth Justice System.
  • From January 2018 drawing upon our local experiences of effective children and young persons’ participation we will support the development of a Greater Manchester CYP mental health reference group.
  • From January 2018 working collaboratively with our LA and the 9 other GM CCGs we will begin planning the development and implementation of an Early Attachment Service that will be a locally delivered component of Greater Manchester’s Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Service


Useful Information


#Thrive – emotional health and wellbeing service for children and young people


Healthy Young Minds – specialist mental health service for children and young people


Kooth – online counselling support for young people


Rochdale Mind – Young People’s Listen Up – service to support good emotional health and wellbeing, including peer mentoring


Early Break – Drug and Alcohol support for children and young people and


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