Children’s services

There are 100,000 Children aged 0 to 17 in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and a further 30,000 aged 18 to 24.

Of these, around 18,000 almost certainly have mental health needs and a further 12,000 are in need of preventative action if mental health concerns are to be avoided.

Most mental health issues and problems in adulthood have their beginnings in childhood. Prevention and early intervention are so important to us.

Mental health

What are we doing to transform these services?

We are committed to developing mental health services based around the five sectors of the iTHRIVE model. There is an emphasis on identifying personalised support regardless of diagnosis. We are also committed to working across organisational boundaries and with children and parents directly.

What do we want to achieve with this work?

We want to establish early, rapid and easy access to the care that is needed and we want to minimise, as far as we can, deterioration in the mental health of our children and young people.

How will we do this?

We will do this by placing reliance and trust in the committed workforces of our NHS, schools, social services, voluntary organisations and others and through cross-partnership working groups, representing the NHS, Local Authorities and patient groups, focusing on specific mental health issues such as Autism, Eating Disorders and Crisis Care.

What has been done so far?

We have already made great progress, including:

  • A programme of establishing Mental Health Support Teams in Schools which will see 50% of all children in school covered by 2025. There are two teams already with three more in the pipeline
  • Partnership working, led by Shropshire Local Authority relating to the Autism pathway, incorporating the assessment process together with pre and post assessment support
  • Improving data flows relating to patient activity and outcomes to give better evidence for strategic decision making

Physical health

What are we doing to transform these services?

We are looking at where we have gaps and duplication to improve our offer to children and their families.

What do we want to achieve with this work?

We want to keep children as healthy as they can be, and when they need help we want them to have quick access to effective treatment and enable them to get back home as soon as possible.

How will we do this?

We will review our offer and improve pathways, and talk to children, young people and their families about their health needs and how to best meet them.

What has been done so far?

We are about to commence a pilot looking at how we support children with asthma to ensure they are treated effectively and don’t need to go to hospital unless really necessary.

We are also reviewing how we can ensure effective referrals are seen by a consultant quickly and the offer of our special school nurses.

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Page last updated 29 June 2022