The performance of the NHS in England in transforming children’s mental health services

This report analyses NHS England’s new ‘Mental Health Five Year Forward View Dashboard’, which tracks the performance of local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). This analysis finds that almost three quarters of CCGs failed to meet NHS England’s own benchmark for improving services – while less than a third of CCGs had a fully funded plan to improve crisis care, with one in nine CCGs having no agreed plan or funding set out.

Despite government policy stating that no one under 18 should be treated on an adult ward, the report finds that children spent a total of 2654 nights on an adult ward between July and September 2016 – an increase by over a third compared to the last quarter. There is also wide variation between CCG’s planned spending per head – with those in the top quarter spending over £52 per capita, while those in the bottom quarter spend just £23, or less. This suggests that there is a postcode lottery in children and young people’s mental health care.

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