Lincolnshire mental health initiative awarded £500k to scale up care

A Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust initiative has been selected to be a part of a £3.5 million improvement programme, with up to £500,000 set aside to support the work.

The trust’s service model Outcomes Orientated Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (OO-CAMHS) will join six health care projects across the UK in benefitting from the programme – Scaling Up Improvement.

The initiative from LPFT will involve a whole service model through working in partnership with eight UK CAMHS teams.

Over the course of the programme each project team will take health care ideas, interventions and approaches that have been tested and shown to improve care at a small scale and deliver them at a larger scale.

Professor Sami Timimi, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and project lead said: “There is a quiet revolution taking place in the delivery of mental health care.

“For too long services have been operating using approaches that match treatment to diagnosis rather than tailoring treatment to each patient’s and families’ unique circumstances and choice.

“We are delighted that the Health Foundation has recognised our local service transformation project that builds on patient voice and choice, as an approach that is of national significance for improving the mental health care of young people.”

The programme will run for two and a half years and each project will receive up to £500,000 of funding to support the implementation and evaluation of the work.

Dr Jane Jones, Assistant Director from the Health Foundation said: “We are very excited to be working with these seven outstanding project teams, who have been selected for the Scaling Up Improvement programme for their expertise in large scale and complex improvement/change projects.”