Leading child and adolescent mental health charities secure funding to upskill mental health professionals in England

Leading child and adolescent mental health charities secure funding to upskill mental health professionals in England


Three leading child and adolescent mental health charities – the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH), MindEd and YoungMinds – have successfully bid to receive funding from Health Education England to deliver a suite of free training events to meet the need for post-qualification training/development for child and adolescent mental health professionals in England.

A total of 10 events, delivered between June 2016 and February 2017, will use e-learning to provide local child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) leaders standardised, high-quality training materials, which can be cascaded down to local staff, who will, in turn, use the online learning to better their knowledge of child mental health issues.

Building on the successful CYP IAPT training programmes, we will compliment and accelerate postgraduate trainings available to help deliver the considerable and important service improvement ambitions set out in Future in Mind[1]. A 2014 skills survey of one of the largest CAMH services in the country also found 87% of practitioners wanted more training. This programme will contribute towards bridging this gap.

Two different event types will run in both northern and southern locations in England:

  • Communities of Learning and Practice: one-day events bringing together commissioners, CAMHS leads, service users and parents to identify priorities from Future in Mind, current needs and solutions, and disseminate information on the commissioning process. They also give a guide to training priorities, and introduce the ‘How to deliver transformed services incorporating e-learning’ training resource. A one-day follow-up event runs afterwards to reflect on progress, share learnings and bolster peer-support links.
  • Becoming a Local CAMHS Transformation Training Champion: two-day events emphasising the importance of transformation with reference to the CYP-IAPT[2], Future in Mind, the national funding landscape, etc. They also introduce the aforementioned training resource and how to use it, clinical topics, evidence-based practice, other available resources and how to support new starters or returners to work in CAMHS using MindEd’s established online platform. These are also followed by one-day follow-up events.


Keith Chambers, Programme Manager at MindEd said, “We are delighted to have received this funding. There is a significant amount of CYP-IAPT based content within MindEd, but there remain many practitioners who have not been on the courses. Our e-learning sessions will help to accelerate existing initiatives. Using e-learning is an efficient, accessible way to deliver training to a much broader audience – we estimate that if just 20 CAMHS leads who receive the initial training go on to train staff in their local teams, it will benefit more than 500 individuals in total.”

Lysanne Wilson, Director of Operations at Young Minds continues, “Only about a quarter of children with diagnosable mental health problems get any kind of specialist care. We want to ensure that they are accessing support from well trained, up-to-date staff so that treatment options offered are relevant and delivered with current knowledge of the problems children and young people face.”

Professor Stephen Scott CBE, Chair of ACAMH and Dr Mark Lovell, ACAMH CPD and Training Lead, conclude, “This funding will enable us to deliver high-quality CPD training at no cost to the NHS Trusts themselves – at a time when budgets are tight, and with increased scrutiny in the media about mental health services, we can put the power back in the hands of the CAMHS leads to upskill and develop their staff and deliver effective mental health services.”


Notes to editors

For further information on the contents of this press release, please contact:

ACAMH: Mariama Jalloh - 020 7403 7458, mariama.jalloh@acamh.org

MindEd: Lauren Snaith, Senior Media & Campaigns Officer - 020 7092 6067, lauren.snaith@rcpch.ac.uk

YoungMinds: Nick Harrop, Media and Campaigns Manager - 020 7089 5066, Nick.Harrop@youngminds.org.uk


About the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)

  • ACAMH is the only multi-disciplinary membership body for child and adolescent mental health professionals in the UK.
  • ACAMH represents around 50% of child and adolescent psychiatrists and around 20% of child and educational psychologists in the UK. Its membership also includes mental health nurses, social workers, paediatricians, GPs and therapists of all kinds.
  • ACAMH provides resources, products and services in its mission to advance child and adolescent mental health through the application of research and practice:
  • World-leading scientific journals, the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health journal
  • An annual calendar of over 40 professional development events featuring nationally and internationally renowned speakers
  • A programme of evidence-based, highly respected CPD and training events
  • A suite of regional networking opportunities to connect peers and share best practice.
  • More information can be found at www.acamh.org.


About MindEd

  • MindEd is a pioneering website that contains e-learning resources, developed to give anyone working with children and young people the skills to identify a child they suspect to have a mental health condition.
  • The interactive hub offers the 1 million adults who engage with the UK’s children and young people such as teachers, sports coaches and healthcare professionals, a suite of clear, accessible, professionally accredited e-learning modules, making them aware of the signs and symptoms associated with mental health conditions as well as what ‘next steps’ need to be taken.
  • MindEd is a UK-wide resource, funded by the Department of Health, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which has been developed by a Consortium of experts. The Consortium comprises of The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, The Royal College of Nursing, The Royal College of General Practitioners, the British Psychological Society, The National Children’s Bureau and Young Minds.
  • Find out more about MindEd by visiting www.minded.org.uk


About YoungMinds

[2] Children and Young People – Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme www.cypiapt.org.