NHS trust invests in mental health services for young people in Vale of York

The new provider of mental health services in the Vale of York is extending its hospital liaison service to provide out of hours support for children and young people.

The new provider of mental health services in the Vale of York is extending its hospital liaison service to provide out of hours support for children and young people. 

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation (TEWV), which took over responsibility for services on 1 October 2015, is recruiting children’s mental health practitioners to provide the service, seven days a week, from 1pm – 9pm. 

Currently the children’s community service is available from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday and outside of these hours the trust operates an on-call service via the accident and emergency department (A&E) at York Hospital. 

The extended service will be up and running in May when child and adolescent mental health service practitioners will be on hand in A&E to provide expert assessment and support. 

Carol Redmond, head of children and young people’s services in York and Selby, said: “This development means there will be more support available out of hours for young people and their families when they are experiencing a crisis. 

“It will lead to shorter waiting times in A&E for mental health assessment and will reduce the need to admit some young people to the paediatric ward.” 

Alan Boyer, clinical lead for the hospital liaison service, said: “This is great news for the liaison service and will help us meet the needs of young people.” 

This development is taking place at the same time as the trust is implementing plans to bring adult assessment and treatment inpatient services back to York. 

Patient services were moved from Bootham Park Hospital at the end of September following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission. 

Since the trust took over in October 2015 it has already re-opened the 136 Suite (place of safety) at the hospital and plans to start providing outpatient clinics in the building again in February. 

Work on the interim adult facility, to be located at Peppermill Court in York started this week and the refurbished 24 bed inpatient unit will re-open in the Summer. 

TEWV is also developing plans to involve local people about the design and location of a new hospital for the people of the Vale of York which is expected to be completed by 2019.