Due to the evident growth in confidence and skills within the children's services teams, many of the health visitors and school nurses are carrying out Tier 2 work, such as targeted mental health promotion, preliminary assessments and solution-focused interventions under the supervision and guidance of the EMHA.
Calling this a '3R' approach, the EMHA believed that school nurses and health visitors were in an ideal position and had the right skills to carry out preliminary assessments and collect the necessary information in order to ensure that this would be achieved on a regular basis.
The EMHA has worked closely with the children's services team, GPs, psychiatrists and paediatric consultants in order to achieve the aim of the '3R' approach.
The EMHA provides a rolling training programme for PCT employees on a range of emotional and mental health topics, selected to reflect issues that are prominent at both a national and local level.
A recent programme to improve young people's psychological wellbeing was developed by the EMHA and run locally in a number of schools.
The EMHA has worked to create and provide opportunities for partnership working through initiatives such as the monthly Making a Difference (MAD) forum.
I intend to develop the evidence base for the initiatives I have developed, and I am currently working closely with the local university to enable a rigorous and independent evaluation of the EMHA role.
The EMHA is proud to work for a PCT that values its staff and encourages creativity and innovation.