Responding to the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch report Investigation into the transition from child and adolescent mental health services to adult mental health services, Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said:
“Sadly, it has been clear for a long time that transitions between children and adolescent services and adult mental health services are not always as flexible and joined up as they should be and this report illustrates the tragic consequences.
“We know that half of mental health issues are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24, so it is crucial we give the best possible support to children and young people.
“Our members are doing inspiring work day-in, day-out but we know there are systemic issues that need to be addressed.
“Services absolutely must be flexible and commissioning joined up, just as there needs to be greater collaboration among providers. There needs to be more clarity around commissioning and wherever these gaps are emerging, they must be closed.
“Patients must be at the centre of all of our services – we need to listen to children and young people about their experience to help improve services. Where appropriate, we must involve parents and carers in this care.
“Services are lacking the funding they need. We have the opportunity to put things right through the long term NHS investment plan – which is why it is vital that mental health gets its fair share of this funding.”