Hot topics at NHS chiefs’ 11th June public meeting: ongoing NHS shake-up saga, A&E woes & risks to Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service

Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body is meeting tomorrow, June 11 at 2pm, Function Room 2, Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax. It’s open to the public, so if you’re free why not come along.

They put the agenda and papers online late, so this report is also late.

Key issues for this Governing Body meeting include:

The ongoing Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS shake-up saga

  • What is to happen to Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary?
  • What is happening to the new care in the community scheme, aka Care Closer to Home?
  • What is happening with the new “Vanguard” scheme?

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Crisis in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service – funding falls while young people’s mental illness and self harm rise

Calderdale Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service has suffered funding cuts at a time of increased referrals due to rising rates of mental illness and self harm among young people in Calderdale.

In 2013, one in five of Years 7/10 had self harmed, with rates highest among year 10 girls (one in three of whom had self harmed). In 2012/13, Calderdale hospital admissions for self-harm among young people between the ages of 10 and 24 were worse than the England average. [info source: CMBC  Plan for Commissioning Services for Children and Young People in Calderdale 2014-16]

A recent report from West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) states that there is a high risk that the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Teams, run by the mental health Trust in Calderdale clinics since April 2013, may not be able to adequately meet patients’ needs. Continue reading