Exciting News from Berkshire West Mental Health Support Team

Sarah Morland Partnership Manager
Article date
28 August 2019
Primary interest

Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (BWCCG) and partner agencies West Berkshire Council, Brighter Futures for Children and Wokingham Borough Council are keen to inform you about an exciting trailblazer soon to be launched in participating schools across Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham.

Children and young people in one of the 54 trailblazer participating schools will now be given more support for their mental health needs thanks to funding for a new regional pilot scheme – one of only a handful across the country.

Berkshire West CCG Joint Commissioning team has been selected by NHS England as a pilot area for the initial three year project which will see more than £1 million per year provided to run dedicated mental health support teams (MHSTs) in selected schools across Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire.

Each local authority area will have its own mental health support team, which aims to support more than 750 children and young people a year. The support teams will work in schools and directly help children and young people to improve their emotional or mental health.

The Reading and West Berkshire teams will be mobilising a soft launch of the service from September to December this year including more information for partner agencies on the detail of the service model, eligibility criteria, referral process and interventions provided. There will be a further update soon.

Wokingham are still in the very early stages of mobilisation (after success in a second round of funding)  with a view to the service going live in September 2020.

Further information

For a list of participating schools and more information, please contact Heidi Francis the BWCCG MHST Project Manager: heidi.francis@nhs.net