On behalf of Health Education England, the NHS Benchmarking Network are undertaking a national stocktake of the CAMHS workforce. This stocktake is a key part of implementing the targets in the recently published NHS Long Term Plan which aims to significantly expand capacity in children and young people’s mental health services.
The data collection covers all providers of mental health services for children and young people, including NHS organisations, Local Authorities, Independent Sector providers and the Voluntary Sector. This is the second national workforce stocktake of the provision of CYP mental health services across England. The previous workforce census was conducted across the same range of organisations (including the Voluntary Sector) in 2016.
The information provided as part of this exercise will help to build a comprehensive profile of the CYP mental health workforce, that can be used to develop evidence-based plans for the future workforce needs of CYP mental health services. This work takes place in the context of the planned investment into CYP mental health services (circa £1.25bn up to 2021), the implementation of the Five Year forward View, Stepping Forward and the Long Term Plan.
On completion of this exercise, all participating organisations will receive a bespoke report for each CYP mental health team based on the data collated. We hope that this report and supporting analysis will be helpful for you in developing your local CAMHS delivery strategies and for use in local contract discussions.
The data collection deadline is 1st April 2019, and findings will be reported later in the spring. For more information or to sign up to take part, please contact the NHS Benchmarking Network team (Zoe Morris and Ellie Perchard) via firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com