Mental Health Support Teams

Barnardo’s delivers 12 Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) across England

Barnardo’s has been involved in the delivery of MHSTs since the first wave was commissioned in 2018/19. Our Swindon MHSTs were part of the Trailblazer roll out and we have since become the lead delivery partner to Birmingham & Solihull, Morecambe Bay and North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and are part of a delivery collaborative on the Isle of Wight.

Our dedicated Health Team, Children’s Services and Business Development Managers are available for consultation, advice and assistance with the creation of your localised MHST response and bid development. We are also on hand to share our learning to add value to the management and development of your unique MHST delivery model.

As a delivery partner, Barnardo’s can offer:

  • knowledge and learning from our existing work with local authorities and CCGs in the Trailblazer and subsequent waves
  • specialist expertise in mental health interventions for children and young people
  • support to implement an individualised approach, which meets the needs of and is designed with local children and young people
  • opportunities to develop a trauma informed whole school approach
  • bespoke training to MHSTs and school staff

Case Study – Swindon MHST

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In Swindon, the CCG, NHS England (NHSE) and the Department for Education (DfE) have commended our robust approach, underpinned by Barnardo’s clinical governance framework, partnership working and a dedicated implementation team jointly project managed with the CCG.

Local structures including trailblazer, mental health and education steering and sub-groups and ongoing implementation of the THRIVE model have enabled a co-ordinated approach across key stakeholders.

Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group has been impressed by the innovation, dedication, pace and passion that all Barnardo’s Team members have shown to make a success of the Swindon Mental Health Trailblazer Project in schools," said a Commissioner. Swindon CCG has received consistent feedback from DfE and NHSE and seen significant change in the engagement and delivery of the local mental health system for children and young people in Swindon. Team Barnardo’s has consistently delivered high quality services, with a strong approach to clinical governance and project management throughout. Quality and patient safety and the young person’s journey have been at the forefront of thinking for both Barnardo’s and the CCG.. The project is highly regarded by stakeholders at all levels with Swindon teams now supporting other areas in their learning around future implementation.