Sheffield children set to benefit from extra Government funding

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Sheffield children are set to benefit from an additional £1 million of Government funding for mental health services.

The money was secured by NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, Sheffield Council and Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust from the Governments national Future in Mind pot.

One third of the funding has been ring-fenced for specific investment into eating disorder services.

Dr Karen O’Connor, GP Commissioner supporting children and adult mental health services for NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It is fantastic news that we have secured this funding which will enable more children and young people to be treated by mental health services and reduce the length of time they have to wait for services.

“It will mean we can put new services in place including a crisis intervention service for all ages and it will improve the early intervention work, particularly in schools.

“We need to improve working together across education, health and social care and with wider voluntary and community based services to transform provision over the next five years.”

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “This is brilliant news for Sheffield and a great example of how we work in partnership in our city. It is of course especially good news for those young people who need help and support when it comes to their emotional health and well-being.

“We have an ambition that here in Sheffield all children, young people and families achieve their full potential. This of course includes attainment, education and emotional health and well-being.”