Targeted and School Based Emotional Wellbeing Service in North Yorkshire

See information about a proposal for us to enter into a Section 75 agreement with North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group and have your say.

Introduction

We want to enter into a formal partnership agreement with NHS North Yorkshire CCG (NYCCG) to jointly commission a Targeted and School Based Emotional Wellbeing Service in North Yorkshire on our behalf. This is referred to as a ‘Section 75 Partnership Agreement’.

Section 75 of the National Health Service Act 2006 enables Councils and NHS bodies to work in partnership. The proposed partnership will be for a period of 3 years with a proposed extension of another 2 years following a review.

In keeping with good practice and NHS Act requirements, as potential partners, we want to consult with stakeholders who may be affected by such an agreement being in place.

We have a shared vision to provide an integrated approach to prevention and early help, to try to improve children’s emotional wellbeing and prevent issues escalating.

Both organisations believe that by coordinating this offer and integrating commissioning activity it will enable the best use of resources and ensure that as many young people benefit from this support as possible.

The CCG and the County Council are keen to hear what you think about us using a Section 75 agreement to deliver this service.

1. Background

The County Council and NYCCG are committed to improving children’s’ emotional wellbeing.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out a review of mental health services in North Yorkshire during September 2017 which indicated a requirement for clearer entry points to emotional mental health support. Feedback gathered from professionals, family and children as part of the engagement supported this view. By us working with CCGs in North Yorkshire to jointly commission this work we will be taking steps to ensure that:

  • future services are more closely aligned;
  • seamless pathways between services are promoted, breaking down barriers between services including universal, targeted and specialist services;
  • the services are aligned with the proposals in the Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision green paper, which provides a significant step towards a new joined up approach to mental health support.

2. Benefits of a partnership approach

The advantages that such an arrangement aims to bring are:

  • better planning and commissioning to the meet the needs of the local population;
  • a shared vision of the benefits that the partnership is intended to achieve;
  • jointly agreed objectives of what the partnership wants to achieve;
  • to seek best use of resources for the local population;
  • streamlining service;
  • reducing bureaucracy;
  • mutual learning to inform service improvement.

Please tell us your views

It is important that we gather and listen to feedback about the proposal and ensure all considerations have been taken into account.

If the proposal being consulted on is supported, we and NHS North Yorkshire CCG will use the legislation to put in place a formal partnership agreement to jointly commission a Targeted and School Based Emotional Wellbeing Service in North Yorkshire. The partnership agreement acts as a mechanism to do this.

We are keen to hear your comments and feedback on the proposal to enter into a partnership agreement. Any member of the public and interested organisations can comment on the proposal. This is a 60 day consultation beginning on 10th September 21 and ending at midnight 8th November 2021.

You can tell us your views and give us your suggestions in the following ways:

Fill in the online survey

Please do not include any personal identifiable information in any of your answers that could identify yourself or another individual.

We will not be able to offer an individual response to your feedback.

If you would like the information on this page and the survey in a different format, please email EmotionalHealth.AndWellbeing@northyorks.gov.uk  or write to the address above. An easy read version of the survey is available on request.

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Or email EmotionalHealth.AndWellbeing@northyorks.gov.uk or call our customer service centre on 01609 780780.

You can also send your views on the proposals by email to EmotionalHealth.AndWellbeing@northyorks.gov.uk

Or write to us at:

Healthy Child Section 75 Consultation
Central Admin Team
North Yorkshire County Council
County Hall
Northallerton
North Yorkshire
DL7 8AE

You can read our privacy notice for this consultation here.

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Frequently asked questions

This is a 60 day consultation beginning on 10th September 21 and ending at midnight 8th November 2021. We will not be able to consider feedback after this date.

This consultation is about us entering into a Section 75 Partnership Agreement with NHS North Yorkshire CCG to deliver a Targeted and School Based Emotional Wellbeing Service for young people in North Yorkshire.

Local Authorities and CCGs operate under different legislation, so there is specific statutory provision that is designed to enable joint working between the two parties. Section 75 of the National Health Service Act 2006 states that Local Authorities and NHS bodies (including CCGs) can enter into partnership arrangements to provide a more streamlined service and to pool resources, if such arrangements are likely to lead to an improvement in the way their functions are exercised. The NHS and Local Authorities Partnership Arrangements Regulations 2000 stipulate that partners entering into any partnership agreements [under Section 75 (s75) of the NHS Act 2006] must consult with the public before putting this arrangement in place.

We are committed to the provision of high quality prevention and early intervention services addressing childrens’ emotional wellbeing. The arrangement aims to provide joined up provision that is easy to access and is well-co-ordinated to meet local need. The Partnership Agreement (referred to as “Section 75 Partnership Agreement”) provides us with a mechanism to formalise arrangements to support improved flexibility and greater efficiency, better integration and, in turn, improve outcomes for children, young people and families.

The agreement will better enable both partners to continue to work together to improve the planning and delivery of childrens’ emotional wellbeing services.

The consultation will start on 10th September 2021 and conclude on 8 November 2021. Every effort will be made to ensure stakeholders have the opportunity to find out about the proposal and give feedback. We are making contact with known networks and those who represent stakeholders to provide relevant information and offer a full briefing if required. The consultation is for 60 days and we hope this will give stakeholders the opportunity to comment.

It is proposed the length of partnership agreement will be 5 years allowing us to take a more flexible, local and tailored approach to delivering services and be more responsive to the needs of service users. It will allow flexible change and continuous review and help transform the service using the resources available.

We are already working together to improve how services for children, young people and families are provided and we will continue to engage with stakeholders to inform this work. The proposal is to use the agreement to deliver a Targeted and School Based Emotional Wellbeing Service.

We already have regular meetings in place as part of the Mental Health and Learning Disability Partnership. This provides the opportunity to review how the services are performing and identify opportunities to work more effectively across the system. One of the benefits of developing this partnership agreement is the flexibility this presents in terms of acting on further opportunities for improved delivery, efficiency and outcomes for children, young people and families.  Both organisations propose to implement regular review points for the partnership.

Consultation responses and feedback will be collated and reviewed by us and NHS North Yorkshire CCG at the end of the consultation period. A summary report showing the themes and issues raised will be published on this page.

This will be reviewed by the County Council Executive before they reach a decision. Responses from individuals will be anonymised.

A summary of the consultation responses and next steps will be available to view on this page and on the NYCCG website. The Section 75 Agreement would be in place, subject to the outcome of the consultation from 1 April 2022.

Please contact us using one of the methods outlined above to request details as hard copies.

Consultation responses and feedback will be collated and reviewed by us and NHS North Yorkshire CCG at the end of the consultation period. A summary report showing the themes and issues raised will be published on this page. The Section 75 Agreement would be in place, subject to the outcome of the consultation from 1 April 2022.