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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

BSMHFT, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Barnardo’s join forces in a bid to provide new and improved mental health services for children and young adults in Birmingham

Published: 28/07/2014

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT), Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust (BCHC) and Barnardo’s, are delighted to have been shortlisted to receive an Invitation to Tender to provide a new, fully integrated, community and inpatient mental health service to children and young adults under the age of 25 across Birmingham.

Through this partnership, the three organisations will combine and build on their considerable existing expertise and experience to offer the best possible mental health service for children and young adults in Birmingham. 

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As one of the largest mental health Trusts in the country, BSMHFT already provides a wide range of mental health services to more than 40,000 people in Birmingham and Solihull, the vast majority in the community. 

It has considerable experience of working with young people to improve their quality of life and employment prospects and assist with their recovery and aspirations. The Trust’s early intervention services treat and support young people in order to reduce the debilitating effects of serious mental illness and it has developed the innovative Youthspace project, which raises awareness, challenges discrimination and promotes positive mental health for young people by offering advice, support and information.

A youth board is at the core of Youthspace’s decision making, planning and driving of initiatives, based on the needs of the city’s young population. BSMHFT works with expert partners to provide social, vocational, education and employment opportunities for young people. It is also one of the largest providers of secure and complex youth services in the country. Through strong community links and projects such as The Revolving Door and 300 Voices, the Trust reaches out to young people in the diverse communities across our city to work with them to challenge stigma and improve their experience of mental health services.

Birmingham Community Healthcare is one of the country’s largest community and specialist healthcare providers, with around 5,000 staff delivering more than 130 services in people’s homes, health centres, clinics and hospitals. Within its service portfolio BCHC brings together all the specialist community services for children and young people across Birmingham and offers a co-ordinated approach for child healthcare.

Through its school nurses and health visitors, BCHC has universal reach into children and families across the city.  Its specialist services include a nurse-led ADHD service and a service for looked after children and the Trust also provides a range of services for people with learning disabilities across the city.

As the UK’s leading children's charity, Barnardo’s has a comprehensive understanding, in depth knowledge and wealth of experience of working with some of the UK's most vulnerable children and young people and works to transform lives through direct services, campaigning and research.

Barnardo’s is committed to Birmingham through a whole range of services to meet the emotional and mental health needs of children in the city. Barnardo’s work in the city includes its ARCH service, which has been working since 2003 with children who have emerging emotional and behavioural difficulties and their parents/carers.

Its city-wide Amazon service provides counselling to children and young people who have been sexually abused or experienced other trauma, and the Birmingham Space service works directly with children, young people and their families who are vulnerable to child sexual exploitation. The charity’s Harris House service provides a range of family support services on behalf of Birmingham City Council for children with complex disabilities, and specialist clinical interventions for children, young people and their families on the autistic disorder spectrum and ADHD.

Barnardo’s also has a wealth of expertise in providing family support services through its Think Family initiative and work within children centres across Birmingham, and also provides vocational and work based learning for 14-19 year olds in the city.

We are pleased to also be working with a number of other third sector providers, who are acknowledged as experts in their fields and will help to deliver elements of the services. These include St Basil’s, The Prince’s Trust, Future Health and Social Care, Aquarius and BITA Pathways, who will bring substantial added value to our bid and demonstrate that the partnership understands the importance of integrating social value to service provision in line with the Social Value Act.  In addition, Autism West Midlands and Young Minds are providing expert advice and input into the development of the service models. 

John Short, Chief Executive of BSMHFT said: “We are delighted to be working with Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Barnardo’s on this tender.  Our organisations have unrivalled combined expertise in providing exceptional services across Birmingham and a shared vision for developing a new, innovative, accessible, integrated and evidence based service to children and young adults in all of the diverse communities in our city, which will be focused on promoting recovery, resilience and positive mental health.”