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Mental health care for children and young people in west London gets £200,000 boost

West London Mental Health trust will be able to extend its Children and Adolescent Mental Health out-of-hours liaison service

Mental health care for children and young people in North West London has been given a £200,000 boost by the NHS.

West London Mental Health NHS Trust has been given the investment to provide more intensive mental health support in the community.

The trust ran the nurse-led Children and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) out-of-hours liaison service, which has been re-commissioned following a two-year pilot.

The service, based at West Middlesex University Hospital, enables rapid assessment, onward referral and better quality of care for children and young people living in Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith and Fulham.

The additional funding to West London Mental Health NHS Trust will see them work collaboratively with Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust who also received funding for their children's services.

The investment allows the trusts to work collaboratively to improve the lives of all children and young people across North West London living with a mental illness, irrespective of their first point of contact.

Dr Vijay Parkash, clinical director of CAMHS and developmental services at West London Mental Health NHS Trust, said: “We have a shared vision with our commissioners to ensure that children and young people in North West London experiencing a mental health crisis get the services they deserve – those which recognise their needs and help them cope. This investment will help us do that.

“We are also very pleased to work alongside Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust to ensure there are no barriers to creating seamless care across our trusts.”

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