Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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Black Country awarded £75k to lead innovation in child and adolescent mental health services

An innovative pilot scheme in the Black Country has scooped £75k to help transform services for children and young people with mental health issues across the region. The Trust is one of the partner agencies in this scheme, along with the Black Country Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Wolverhampton City Council and The Children's Society.

Partners will use the cash to look closely at the commissioning, or buying, of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across the region, with the aim of preventing the large numbers of children from the area being placed in healthcare facilities far away from where they live. The pilot will also develop ways of improving early intervention and prevention, ultimately helping young people stay out of hospital. 

The Black Country pilot is one of eight schemes in the country to have been given a share of £500k. All the pilots are about creating time for staff to reassess the systems in place to commission Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - from schools up to inpatient beds - and try to affect change through new ideas.