Responding to today’s launch of the final report from the Independent Commission on Children and Young People’s Mental Health, Independent Mental Health Services Alliance (IMHSA) Chair Joy Chamberlain said:

“The Commission’s report sets out a number of welcome recommendations to drive improvements in the provision of children and young people’s mental health services.

“IMHSA particularly welcomes the Commission’s call for the Prime Minister to launch a ‘National Challenge on Children’s Mental Health’ to ensure children and young people’s mental health receives the prioritisation across government required to see service improvements.

“We also welcome the Commission’s findings and recommendations in terms of ensuring that funding is reaching the frontline, introducing more ambitious waiting time targets, improved access to early intervention services and better partnership working across services.

“IMHSA recommended action in our 2015 report, “Breaking Down Barriers: Improving patient access and outcomes in mental health”, on many of the issues highlighted in the Commission’s report and we welcome the continued focus on tackling the ongoing barriers to patient access to CAMHS.

“In addition to the issues highlighted by the Commission, action must also be taken to address more entrenched commissioning barriers across the mental health sector, such as the difficulties in stepping down patients between inpatient and community services and the use of unaccountable block contracts. These are preventing young people from accessing appropriate, local support and must be addressed.

“IMHSA hopes that the government and NHS England will take forward these recommendations. The independent sector is a willing partner for this work to ensure that children and young people are able to access the support they need, when they need it.”


Notes to Editors:

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  1. IMHSA is a group of leading independent mental health service providers. IMHSA believes services for people with mental health needs must be high quality, deliver excellent health and care outcomes and enhance the patient experience. We aim to provide improved access and outcomes for people with mental health needs, in a system where they can access quality care and support in a timely manner.
  1. IMHSA’s report Breaking Down Barriers: Improving patient access and outcomes in mental health was published in November 2015. It sets out eight recommendations for improving the mental health system to deliver better patient outcomes and access to care.