Journal article

After the storm, Solar comes out: A new service model for children and adolescent mental health

Frane Vusio, Andrew Thompson, Liam Laughton, Max Birchwood

Early Intervention in Psychiatry: the development, onset and treatment of emerging mental disorders | WILEY | Published : 2020


AIM: Existing children and adolescent mental health services in the United Kingdom have many gaps, such as reduced access to community-based services, and a lack of early intervention, prevention, and 24/7 crisis care. These gaps prevent timely access to appropriate levels of care, decrease children and young people's engagement with providers, and lead to increased pressures on urgent and emergency care. In this paper, we outline a newly created 0-19 model and its crisis service, which have been transformed into a fully integrated, "joint partnership" service, in line with the recommendations from the recent UK policies that aim to meet the aforementioned challenges. METHOD: The "Solar" ser..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the Solar service, and all its staff members (from both Bishop Wilson and Freshfields clinics) for their cooperation and help provided. The authors would like to express additional gratitude to Julie Hackett, Solihull Clinical Care Commissioner, for her assistance. In addition, we would like to express gratitute to all the reviewers for their suggestions that improved the overall article. This article has been conducted as a part of a PhD project by F. Vusio at the University of Warwick, funded by the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust and Warwick Medical School. M. Birchwood was partially funded by the Applied Research Centre (ARC). This research is supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Centre (ARC) West Midlands. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.