Editorial

Editorial Barry Nixon Guest Editor, National Workforce Lead – CAMHS, Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) Introduction The review of the primary mental health worker role The emotional and psychological well-being of children (PMHW) within CAMHS services (Hickey et al) highlights has acquired a higher status on the political agenda and the range of organisational structures that have emerged there are now greater numbers of people involved in and discusses the advantages and disadvantages associated addressing children’s mental health needs. It is arguable, with the different PMHW practice models. however, that workforce pressures are the key Those working in universal services are in an constraining factor in effective delivery of the CAMHS excellent position to influence the mental health of agenda (Kurtz et al, 2006). children and young people, particularly in promoting Every Child Matters: Change for children in health services mental health and the early identification of problems; and the National Service Framework for Children, Young Sedgwick and Blackwell explore this area and offer a People and Maternity Services establishes for the first practical CD-rom trainer’s package to support the time, clear standards for promoting the health and well- delivery of this type of training. being of children and young people and for providing The article by Bailey describes a shared learning high quality services that meet their needs. The National module of collaborative practice for graduate workers in Service Framework and Every Child Matters have set out a primary care mental health. The paper draws on a review clear programme of investment in child and adolescent of inter-professional education to explore what interactive mental health services, which has seen an expansion in methods of learning are employed in the delivery of the staff numbers and changes in the way services are run and module as a means of fostering improved collaborative in the way people work. practice that can be transferred from the learning Common across all strands of Every Child Matters and environment to the primary care mental health setting. the Children’s National Service Framework (NSF) is the need to ensure that all those working with children and Summary families have the necessary values, competences, skills, It is difficult not to conclude that a crisis in the workforce and ongoing learning and development to enable them to lies ahead and may in fact already be with us. The NSF and recognise and respond to the identified needs of children. Every Child Matters presents us all with exciting Everyone has a role to play in ensuring the mental health opportunities and challenges to enable us to deliver high needs of children and young people are met. In adopting quality, effective services for children and young people this broad concept there is the explicit acknowledgment and have set the context for a review of the learning and that supporting children and young people with mental development needs of those who work with children and health problems is ‘Everyone’s Business’. young people who have mental health problems. The This edition of the Journal has a broad CAMHS focus aspirations of current policy cannot be delivered without and describes the policy context and background to the a combination of increased numbers of staff with the CAMHS mapping exercise (Wistow), explores a number of appropriate knowledge, skills and competencies. key workforce challenges currently facing child and adolescent mental health services (Nixon) and introduces References Kurtz Z, Lavis P, Miller L & Street C (2006) Developing the CAMHS workforce planning programme (2006–2007), Comprehensive CAMHS: A guide. Learning from YoungMinds which applies a practical tool to produce a specialist Consultancy and Training. London: YoungMinds. CAMHS workforce plan and explores the potential transferable learning from the CAMHS experience to workforce planning across a range of other settings (Anderson and Nixon). The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice Volume 2 Issue 4 December 2007 © Pavilion Journals (Brighton) Ltd http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice Emerald Publishing

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Barry Nixon Guest Editor, National Workforce Lead – CAMHS, Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) Introduction The review of the primary mental health worker role The emotional and psychological well-being of children (PMHW) within CAMHS services (Hickey et al) highlights has acquired a higher status on the political agenda and the range of organisational structures that have emerged there are now greater numbers of people involved in and discusses the advantages and disadvantages associated addressing children’s mental health needs. It is arguable, with the different PMHW practice models. however, that workforce pressures are the key Those working in universal services are in an constraining factor in effective delivery of the CAMHS excellent position to influence the mental health of agenda (Kurtz et al, 2006). children and young people, particularly in promoting Every Child Matters: Change for children in health services mental health and the early identification of problems; and the National Service Framework for Children, Young Sedgwick and Blackwell explore this area and offer a People and Maternity Services establishes for the first practical CD-rom trainer’s package to support the time, clear standards for promoting the health and well- delivery of this type of training. being of children and young people and for providing The article by Bailey describes a shared learning high quality services that meet their needs. The National module of collaborative practice for graduate workers in Service Framework and Every Child Matters have set out a primary care mental health. The paper draws on a review clear programme of investment in child and adolescent of inter-professional education to explore what interactive mental health services, which has seen an expansion in methods of learning are employed in the delivery of the staff numbers and changes in the way services are run and module as a means of fostering improved collaborative in the way people work. practice that can be transferred from the learning Common across all strands of Every Child Matters and environment to the primary care mental health setting. the Children’s National Service Framework (NSF) is the need to ensure that all those working with children and Summary families have the necessary values, competences, skills, It is difficult not to conclude that a crisis in the workforce and ongoing learning and development to enable them to lies ahead and may in fact already be with us. The NSF and recognise and respond to the identified needs of children. Every Child Matters presents us all with exciting Everyone has a role to play in ensuring the mental health opportunities and challenges to enable us to deliver high needs of children and young people are met. In adopting quality, effective services for children and young people this broad concept there is the explicit acknowledgment and have set the context for a review of the learning and that supporting children and young people with mental development needs of those who work with children and health problems is ‘Everyone’s Business’. young people who have mental health problems. The This edition of the Journal has a broad CAMHS focus aspirations of current policy cannot be delivered without and describes the policy context and background to the a combination of increased numbers of staff with the CAMHS mapping exercise (Wistow), explores a number of appropriate knowledge, skills and competencies. key workforce challenges currently facing child and adolescent mental health services (Nixon) and introduces References Kurtz Z, Lavis P, Miller L & Street C (2006) Developing the CAMHS workforce planning programme (2006–2007), Comprehensive CAMHS: A guide. Learning from YoungMinds which applies a practical tool to produce a specialist Consultancy and Training. London: YoungMinds. CAMHS workforce plan and explores the potential transferable learning from the CAMHS experience to workforce planning across a range of other settings (Anderson and Nixon). The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice Volume 2 Issue 4 December 2007 © Pavilion Journals (Brighton) Ltd

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