Worcester News Article – 5th November

Children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing is an issue often in the news, due to the increasing numbers experiencing these issues and the increased pressure on services to provide the support required. At Healthwatch Worcestershire it has been a key area of work for a number of years, due to concerns raised with us about the lack of appropriate support available and long waiting times to access support from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
Following the Future in Mind Report in 2015, raising national concerns about mental health services, each area was required to publish a plan outlining how local services would be improved. Worcestershire’s Transformation Plan was published in 2016 and set out to reduce waiting times and introduce new services including availability of online counselling and group support in schools.
We have been monitoring the progress of this work, by attending Worcestershire’s Children’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Partnership Board. We would now like to gather further feedback and experiences from those who have been using and trying to access services.
We have launched surveys for parents and carers and for young people, which can be completed online via our website or Facebook and Twitter pages. Please get in touch if you would like copies of the survey or would like us to come along to your group to hear your experiences.
As usual we have been visiting groups across the County to talk to people about their experiences of local health and care services. We have been holding drop in sessions at the Kidderminster Health Centre to provide signposting as part of the Wyre Forest Social Prescribing pilot scheme. We have also visited the Night Café at Simply Limitless in Kidderminster, Worcester Muslim Women’s Association and continued our engagement at Children’s Centres and playgroups around oral health and going to the Dentist.
Our next Public Board Meeting will be on Friday 9th November at 10am at Bromsgrove Methodist Church. Further information and agenda will be available on our website – www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk Please come along to hear more about our work and to take part in the Public Participation.
If you would like to know more our work or have an experience of health or social care to share with us in confidence, please contact us on 01386 550 264 or info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk