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NHS Long Term Plan

February 8, 2019

Last month the NHS Long Term Plan was published.

The NNPCF has been involved in some engagement events in the drafting of the plan. The plan does include more emphasis on learning disabilities and autism; a commitment to create a Children and Young People’s transformation programme; plans to create networks for children with long term conditions including epilepsy and further commitments on CAMHS. These are set out in a dedicated section on “A strong start in life for children and young people” pp. 45-55 in more detail including:

• Increasing access to perinatal mental health services to an additional 24,00 women bet 2023/4 (in addition to the extra 30,000 women getting specialist help by 2020/210

• Funding for children and young people’s mental health services to grow faster than both overall NHS funding and total mental health spending.

• Improvements around autism diagnosis

• All  children and young people with a learning disability, autism or both with the most complex needs to have a designated keyworker by 2023/24

• Improved access to particular cancer treatments for children

• The creation of  a Children and Young People’s Transformation Programme  which will oversee the children and young people-specific commitments as well as looking at other aspects of the long term plan such as the changes to primary and community healthcare services.