The NHS England New Care Models (NCM) Programme aims to improve outcomes for people in acute care. Six NCM pilot sites have focused on children and young people who are being treated for their mental health out-of-area, often long distances from home. Their aim is to prevent children from having to travel long distances to hospital by providing the necessary care and support locally.
This economic evaluation describes the quantitative changes which have been observed in these six pilot sites, including changes in out-of-area bed use, length of stay and distance from home. It focuses on the financial impact of investing in new, community-based services which offer treatment locally in place of out-of-area beds.
About the Mental Health Economics Collaborative
The Mental Health Economics Collaborative (MHEC) is an exciting partnership between the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network, Centre for Mental Health and the London School of Economics Personal Social Services Research Unit.
MHEC aims to support the identification and spread of innovative approaches to delivering high quality, efficient mental health services. It highlights the importance of economic measures of success and provides the opportunity to test, prove and celebrate promising service models.