Leeds further education students to benefit from national mental health funding

NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been successful in its application for proposals to have mental health support teams in 10 further education settings across Leeds.

The mental health support teams will bring an additional resource in to the city, as they will help support young people in further education with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Dr Jane Mischenko, Lead Commissioner for Children and Maternity at NHS Leeds CCG, said: “This is fantastic news for Leeds. I’m very proud to be part of an organisation which is committed to having an early intervention service in place, to support young people who are experiencing any early symptoms of mental illness.

“Feedback from those trying to access services had identified a gap in early intervention provision for young people who attend our further education colleges, independent learning provider and some other educational settings. The additional funding from NHS England will allow us to help fill this gap.

“We already have a lot to offer in Leeds and we’re really keen that we continue to look for other opportunities where we can help young people with their mental health and emotional wellbeing at an early stage. Both children and young people can access the MindMate website (www.mindmate.org.uk), where they can get advice and support they need to manage their emotional wellbeing or support others. There are already a number of things that are embedded in schools, like the MindMate champions programme, MindMate lessons and MindMate wellbeing support.”

Andrea Cowans, Director of Student Life at Leeds City College, said: “This is great news and we’re happy to be one of the 10 further education settings signed up to this project. I’m looking forward to working with NHS Leeds CCG in setting up the mental health support teams, and how the teams will support young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. Having this early intervention will be a real benefit to young people, as we will be able to support them at an early stage to stop their mental illness from progressing.”

For further information, please visit the NHS England website www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health/cyp/trailblazers


Notes to editors

The 10 further educations setting who will be taking part:


Leeds City College

Notre Dame

Leeds College of building

Leeds Arts University

University Technical College

Elliot Hudson College (GORSE)

Independent Learning Providers

Swarthmore Education Centre

Aspire Igen


The Learning Curve



Medical Needs Teaching Service

Elective Home Educated

Pupil Tuition Team

NHS England

From 1 April 2019, NHS England and NHS Improvement are working together as a new single organisation to better support the NHS to deliver improved care for patients.

As local health systems work more closely together, the same needs to happen at a national level. Their new single operating model has been designed to support delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Local health systems are supported by our seven integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage. They make decisions about how best to support and assure performance in their region, as well as supporting system transformation and the development of sustainability and transformation partnerships and integrated care systems (ICS).

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