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Help improve mental health services for children and young people in Kent

User AvatarPosted by Amanda Crawford at 22/07/2016 13:16:24

Real experiences of patients and their families will help shape the future of mental health services for children and young people across Kent.

Six workshops for children and young people over 11 who have used CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services) are being held next week in Sittingbourne, Gravesend, Folkestone, Margate, Maidstone and Tonbridge.

There’s also a drop-in session for younger children with their parents in Ashford.

Please see below for details and contact Tamsyn.eida@nhs.net or antoniaknifton@nhs.netif you would like to come along.

There’s also a quick online survey, open now, where you can share your thoughts as a parent, carer, young person or child who has used CAMHS, available at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7Q8H5Y5

The reasons for this is that NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and Kent County Council, which plan and pay for emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people in the area, are preparing to buy a new Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health Service.

It is vital that it reflects the needs and expectations of patients and their families. Your views and experiences will help to shape a new and improved service for Kent.

Dr David Chesover, Clinical Lead for Mental Health at NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group, which is leading the procurement, said: “Sharing your experiences, good or not so good, and telling us how you think it could be improved, will help us set the right standards for our new provider. Please take the time to give us your views if you can. Thank you for your help.”

The workshop sessions (for those aged over 11 with recent or current experience of CAMHS) are at:

Wednesday 27 July

  • Sittingbourne (Swale Youth Hub), 12.30pm – 2.30pm

    • New House Sports and Youth Centre, Chalkwell Road, Sittingbourne, ME10 2LP

  • Gravesend (Northfleet Youth Hub), 4.30pm – 6.30pm

    • Northfleet Youth Centre, Hall Road, Northfleet, DA11 8AJ

Thursday 28 July

  • Folkestone (Shepway Youth Hub), 12.30pm – 2.30pm

    • Shepway Youth Hub (Five), 5 Grace Hill, Folkestone, CT20 1HA

  • Margate  (Quarterdeck),  4pm – 6pm

    • Quarterdeck Youth Centre, 15 Zion Place, Margate, CT9 1RP

Friday 29 July

  • Maidstone (Infozone Youth Hub), 10.30am – 12.30pm

    • Maidstone Youth Hub (Infozone), 3 Palace Avenue, Maidstone, ME15 6NF

  • Tonbridge (Tonbridge Youth Hub) 2pm – 4pm

    • Tonbridge Youth Hub, Tonbridge Adult Education Centre, Block C, Avebury Avenue, Tonbridge, TN9 1TG

There will also be a workshop for parents/carers with their younger children (under 11s), at Ashford Imagine Play Centre  (Millbank Road, Kingsnorth, Ashford, TN23 3NA) on Saturday 30 July - drop in between 10am and 1pm and just ask for Tamsyn or Antonia.

Lastly, if you have a flair for, or interest in smart technology, we’d love you to join our creative technology workshops coming soon, which will help us build a digital tool for people to give feedback about the new service.  Please get in touch with Tamsyn.eida@nhs.net or antoniaknifton@nhs.net for details.

For anyone taking part in a workshop, reasonable travel expenses will be paid and refreshments will be provided. Please let us know in advance if you would like to come along and take part, and also if you have any specific requirements we need to know about, such as accessibility or dietary requirements. For full details, email Tamsyn.eida@nhs.net or Antoniaknifton@nhs.net or phone Tamsyn on07768 428328.