Children & Young People’s Mental Health training videos for GPs
We recently worked with NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to develop a series of training videos to provide tips, advice and guidance for GPs based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and beyond.
The videos support GPs’ direct work with children, young people and their families, as well as providing resources and help with referrals to specialist mental health teams and other agencies supporting children’s wellbeing.
The videos were created prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but children and young people’s mental health is more relevant now than ever. National and local data indicates that mental health problems among children and young people – including anxiety, self-harm, depression and eating disorders – have increased markedly as a consequence of COVID-19 and the associated restrictions. In an autumn 2020 survey of over 2000 young people by mental health charity, Young Minds, 80% of respondents agreed that the pandemic had made their mental health worse.
NHS Kernow CCG worked with health, education, social care and the voluntary sector to plan and deliver Turning the Tide - a plan for improved community and specialist services for children, young people and their families.
Guided by the NHS long-term plan, the aim of this project is to break down barriers between services, aiming to ensure an integrated mental health system where help is available to children, young people and families when needed.
Key to Turning the Tide is the voice of young people who contribute to these videos and helped shape the transformation plan in Cornwall.
1. Introduction to i-Thrive 3 minutes 40 seconds
Professor Miranda Wolpert, lead author of the Thrive framework, welcomes Cornwall to the Thrive network. Made with the help of Speak up Cornwall, who have represented children and young people’s views in the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Mental Health transformation plans and partnership group.
2. Good GP Encounters with Young People 5 minutes
Professor Miranda Wolpert, Clinical Psychologist and lead author of the i-Thrive Framework, offers advice for GPs meeting young people with mental health difficulties in surgery for the first time. Young people in Cornwall share their experiences and ideas to improve consultations with GPs.
3. Children & Young People’s Mental Health Resources in Cornwall 5 minutes
This video highlights some of the voluntary agencies providing mental health support to children and young people in Cornwall. The Wave Project is now available to GPs directly via Social Prescribing.
4. Early Help for Children and Young People’s Mental Health guidance for GPs 8 minutes 28 seconds
Dr Debbie Hunter, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Cornwall Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), delivers a presentation looking at referrals into CAMHS within the context of the Thrive framework.
5. What is Bloom? 12 minutes 30 seconds
Dr Debbie Hunter explains how the Bloom consultation meetings work and how to refer. Bloom is now operating virtually because of the Covid restrictions giving more GPs a chance to participate from their surgeries.
6. Tips for GPs on making referrals into Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) 6 minutes
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr Debbie Hunter, explains how to make a good referral into Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
7. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) referral outcomes data 7 minutes
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr Debbie Hunter, explains what happens to referrals sent to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
8. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Care Pathways 5 minutes
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr Debbie Hunter explains Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) pathways for the most common presentations.
9. Children and Young People's Eating Disorder Services 55 minutes
Dr Mark Woodgate, Consultant Psychiatrist in the Community Eating Disorder Service for Children and Young People, delivers a presentation to a Primary Care Network audience in St Austell on understanding, recognition and referral guidance for GPs seeing young people with eating disorders. Please find the supporting tool kit link below.
10. Advice for GPs Supporting Young People Presenting with Self-Harm 59 minutes
Dr Lynette Rentoul, Clinical Psychologist and NHS Kernow CCG CAMHS Clinical Lead, delivers a presentation to a primary care audience in West Cornwall on understanding and supporting young people presenting with self-harm.
Please find the supporting toolkit here.
Dr Laura Ashton – GP, NHS Kernow CCG Children’s Clinical Lead
Dr Lynette Rentoul – Clinical Psychologist, NHS Kernow CCG Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) lead
Mark Rundle – Commissioning Manager Maternity, Children and Young People NHS Kernow CCG