To consider this report.
The Committee considered this report that explained that Somerset CCG was required by NHS England to “refresh” the 2015-2020 Somerset Local Transformation Plan (LTP) for Children & Young People’s Mental Health & Learning Disabilities (CYP MH/LD). As part of that process the CCG would work with its partners to review both its strategy & the commissioned services currently in place in Somerset and would then embed those findings into local joint plans.
It was explained that after a period of some dislocation & challenge the review would ensure that strategic plans and services for CYP MH/LD in Somerset were both fit-for-purpose and in line with those of other local health & care communities.
In response to a question it was stated that in order to ensure that the review and refreshed plan supported the Children & Young People’s Plan (CYPP) 2019-2022 the review would report to the Programme Board overseeing Programme 3 (Improving Emotional Health & Well-being) of the Somerset Children’s Trust. The review would also explore longer-term issues beyond the span of the LTP, i.e. 2020 and beyond, and this would feed into the “Fit for My Future” programme as well as the CYPP.
It was reported that increased funding had permitted the CCG to deliver significant investment into local services, such as a stand-alone Community Eating Disorders Service (CEDS) and an expanded Enhanced Outreach Team (EOT - crisis & home treatment for CYP). The establishment & growth of those services represent significant achievements by the NHS and partner agencies in Somerset.
There was a discussion of the report and it was noted that the LTP Programme Board included a range of partner representatives, including a member of this Committee and a representative of the Parent Carer Forum. Members also voiced concern at the combining of mental health with learning difficulties as a workstream and it was confirmed this was the adopted approach of the CCG. The Committee thought that this was not an appropriate link and an unfortunate policy and suggested that thought be given to amending it.
The update was accepted.