New e-portal set to transform knowledge, skills and attitudes towards child mental health

We are pleased to be part of a consortium of experts delivering a £2.2m educational and advice programme to improve mental health outcomes for children.

This has led to the announcement today (Wednesday 10 October) to mark the beginning of developmental work on a pioneering e-portal which aims to support professionals in preventing decline in children’s mental health.

The interactive hub, funded by the Department of Health, will speed up the time it takes to diagnose a child with mental health issues by ensuring professionals working with children and young people – including NHS staff, early years’ professionals, teachers, social workers and police - know what signs to look out for. It will also ensure the messages given to young patients by these professionals are concise and consistent. The e-portal, which is set to go live in Spring 2014 will be accessible anywhere in the world and will provide:

Dr Duncan Law, Consultant Clinical Psychologist Herts Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and past chair of the British Psychological Society’s DCP Faculty for Children, Young People and their Families said: "It is fantastic to be part of the consortium lead by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) develop the E-Portal as part of the extension to Children and Young People-Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP-IAPT).  The E-Portal aims to make the best training materials available online to all professionals who come into contact with children with emotional and psychological difficulties. This will help them improve the quality and effectiveness of universal, targeted and specialist children's mental health services.
"The Children Young People and their Families Faculty of the Division of Clinical Psychology is very proud to be part of the consortium on behalf of the British Psychological Society.  The faculty has been central to the development of the CYP-IAPT programme from its inception. This £2m programme will make much of the best CYP-IAPT training materials, developed over the past 18 months, available to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) clinicians who are already part of the CYP-IAPT programme and in services that want to improve their services through the core principles of the CYP-IAPT programme. 
"One of the transformative elements of the programme is the frequent use of service user feedback tools to improve and guide clinical practice more collaboratively and effectively. The faculty is already involved in making training materials to support online training in this area and will be pleased to see this expanded through the e-portal."

The two year programme will be delivered by a consortium, headed by the RCPCH and which includes: the Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of General Practitioners, National Children’s Bureau and children’s charity YoungMinds.