Mental Health – Children and Young People’s Services

The clinical lead for the children and young people’s mental health workstream was appointed in late 2018, with the endorsement of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. You can contact the project manager for this workstream at [email protected]

The GIRFT national report for children and young people’s mental health services has now been shared with NHS colleagues and stakeholders. Click here to download or view the report.

GIRFT webinar: making the best use of children and young people’s mental health in-patient beds.

Dr Guy Northover, GIRFT national clinical lead for children and young people’s mental health services, hosted a webinar to discuss how to ensure the right young people, at the right point in the urgent care pathway, receive the right crisis intervention.  The webinar discussed how implementation of the recommendations in the national report can help make the best use of CYP mental health in-patient beds.

Clinical Lead: Dr Guy Northover

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Guy Northover is currently a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist who has been working in Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for the past eight years. He has interests in children and young people’s mental health urgent care services, clinical governance, health informatics and quality improvement.  He holds a post graduate certificate and diploma in systemic therapy.

He has extensive clinical experience of Community and Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has recently taken up the Early Intervention In Psychosis role working out of the Tier 4 inpatient unit. He has experience of service redesign through the development of CAMHS clinical pathways, the new Tier 4 inpatient service and rapid response team, as well as the CAMHS eating disorder service.

Dr Northover is the regional representative for the faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and undertakes the role of Quality Improvement Lead, attending the Royal College of Psychiatry Quality Improvement Committee. He is also an expert advisor for NICE Centre for Guidelines.

Dr Northover said: “Given the national pressures on child and adolescent psychiatric care it is essential that the crisis and inpatient services are providing the best possible outcomes for children and young people. I am thrilled to be part of the GIRFT team and I am looking forward to learning from the services, sharing best practice and reducing unwarranted variation – all of which are at the heart of the programme.”