Specialist Provision for Complex Needs

The ACP produced this report as evidence to support the NHS Long Term Plan: Mental Health Implementation Plan and NHS People Plan in providing effective multi-disciplinary children and young people’s mental health services

The NHS Long Term Plan offers a much needed roadmap for improving access to quality psychological healthcare.

The ACP welcomes the priority given in the plan to mental health, and to improving services for children and young people in particular. This report published in September 2019 was offered as a contribution to understanding the need for multi-disciplinary specialist services able to assess and treat children and young people with the most complex needs. Such services should complement and support new services in community and school settings.

Specialist child and adolescent psychotherapy is an essential element of the comprehensive provision of high quality services for children, young people and families that the Long Term Plan aims for.