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Four week target for children to access mental health services proposed

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 05 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5652
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Children and young people in England should be able to access NHS funded mental health services within four weeks as part of a pilot scheme the government has proposed.

The green paper, Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision,1 sets out a number of measures to improve mental health support for children and adolescents. The government says that over £300 million (€340m; $402m) have been made available to fund the proposals. Consultation on the green paper, which builds on the vision set out in 2015’s Future in Mind,2 will run for 13 weeks until 2 March 2018.

The government proposes incentivising every school and college to have a designated senior mental health lead by 2025. The lead will be a trained member of staff who will oversee the approach to mental health and wellbeing, help staff spot pupils who show …

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