January 29, 2019

Taskforce Workstreams

At the first meeting of the Taskforce in October 2018, a set of workstreams were set up to take forward work on Dame Denise Coia’s Initial Recommendations

The workstreams are small teams of people who will focus on particular areas of the Taskforce work. They will carry on work in between Taskforce meetings, and report back to the Taskforce at each meeting. 

There are 7 workstreams. Each workstream has a Lead, who is responsible for the workstream, and a Sponsor, who is responsible for giving regular feedback to the Taskforce.  

Although working on different topics, the workstreams are closely interlinked and working towards the same goal of improved mental health services for children and young people in Scotland. Therefore, the Workstream Leads and Sponsors are looking carefully at all areas where they can collaborate and help each other. 

The workstreams are:

1. Generic

Lead:Jackie Brock, Chief Executive Children in Scotland

Sponsor:Kevin Kelman, Association of Directors of Education Scotland (ADES)

This workstream will consider the needs of children, young people, families and those who support them. They will consider how services can help to prevent mental illness, improve mental wellbeing, and help those who experience mental ill health and distress. They will work with lots of different partners, including education, to develop mental health services for all children, young people and families in Scotland. 

2. Neurodevelopmental 

Lead: Stephen McLeod, CAMHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board

Sponsor: Representative from the National Parent Forum of Scotland. 

This workstream will focus on services for children and young people who need neurodevelopmental support, and consider any additional mental health support they may need. This workstream will work closely with children, young people and their families to find out their thoughts on the best way to develop mental health services in this area. 

3. Specialist 

Lead: Stephen McLeod, CAMHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board

Sponsor:Amanda Croft, Interim Chief Executive NHS Grampian

The Specialist workstream will focus on how CAMHS services can deliver the best support to children and young people who need specialist help. It will link closely with all the other workstreams to develop ways to get specialist help to young people who need it quickly. 

4. At Risk

Lead:SallyAnn Kelly, Chief Executive, Aberlour. 

Sponsor: Jackie Irvine, President, Social Work Scotland

The At Risk workstream will focus on the needs of children, young people, and their families who can find it difficult to access mental health services, or are at greater risk of experiencing mental ill health and distress. 

5. Knowledge and Information

Lead: Fiona McKenzie, ISD Scotland

Sponsor: TBC

The Knowledge and Information workstream will support the Taskforce by gathering good data on current CAMHS, which the Taskforce will use to inform their decision-making. The Knowledge and Information workstream will link closely with each of the other workstreams, providing evidence, data, and analysis for their work. 

This workstream will also explore what helps children, young people and their families need to access mental health support and information online.

6. Workforce

Lead: Judy Thomson, NES

Sponsor: Stephen McLeod, CAMHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board

This workstream will support the development and expansion of the children and young people’s mental health services workforce. It will work with every other Taskforce workstream, to make sure that each area has enough staff to deliver excellent services. 

7. Finance

Lead: TBC

Sponsor: TBC

This workstream will monitor the financing of workstream and taskforce work.