A Briefing on Children’s Mental Health by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England
Background: what’s in this briefing
This briefing is based on data obtained from two NHS datasets for the financial year 2017/18. Each dataset enables us to examine the performance of each Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in England.
NHS Five-Year Forward View Dashboard
The dashboard brings together key data from across mental health services to measure the performance of the NHS in delivering the targets in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health7 . This includes an ambition to increase the number of children in treatment by 70,000 in the period 2016 to 2021 and to introduce a four-week waiting time target for children accessing eating disorder services. It also includes an ambition to expand adult IAPT service by 600,000, with a six-week waiting time target and the introduction of an overall mental health spending benchmark. We have combined the data within this dataset with other national statistics, including ONS population estimates and NHS England figures on CCG budgets to enable us to identify:
- Spending on CAMHS – per child, and as a proportion of total CCG budget.
- Number of children receiving treatment as a proportion of the population of children.
- Number of children accessing eating disorder treatment within four weeks (standard referral).
Most of this data was also produced for 2016/17, so it is also possible to identify year-on-year changes.
Mental Health Services Data Set
The Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) contains record-level data about the care of children, young people and adults who are in contact with mental health, learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorder services8 . It is published monthly, and is primarily for administrative purposes. It is known to be incomplete due to underreporting by some providers. It is important to bear this in mind particularly when looking at comparisons between areas.
Source: childrenscommissioner.gov.uk November 2018
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