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It would be really useful to share case studies, best practice, news stories and services changes across the system so if you have anything to contribute please email 
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Updates

The GMHSC Partnership Website is kept up to date with information about all of the workstreams - covid recovery, health inequalities, LD and Autism, resilience hub, mental health in education, have a quick flick through as there may be something that you could share

July Newsletter
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September Newsletter
October Newsletter

The Parent Infant Foundation, Home-Start UK and Best Beginnings have published a report based on a survey of over 5000 families during lockdown. The findings are shocking and suggest the impact of the pandemic on babies could be severe and long lasting.
Here are some of the findings:
  • Almost 7 in 10 parents felt the changes brought about by COVID-19 were affecting their unborn baby, baby or young child.
  • A third of respondents believed their babies’ interaction with them had changed during lockdown.
  • Almost half of parents reported their baby had become more clingy, with one quarter reporting their baby crying more than usual, and this was worse in low income families.
More information can be found in the letter

As we go into the second wave of the virus, we need to learn lessons from the first. We learned last week that since the 1st lockdown in March:
  • there was an alarming 20% rise in babies being killed or harmed (Ofsted's chief inspector Amanda Spielman)
  • 64 babies were deliberately harmed in England - 8 of whom died
  • Some 40% of the 300 incidents reported involved infants, up a fifth on 2019
Babies can't tell us if there's a problem. Every week, Ofsted is seeing more serious incident notifications about harm to under-ones - the youngest and most vulnerable of all children. This cannot continue, and as we enter a 2nd lockdown, we must be alive to the risks around us.

November Update
Perinatal Services
Taneside and Glossop Local Transformation Plan

Neuroddevelopmental Pathway -

  • Increased capacity in the diagnostic part of the pathway will help to meet some of the demand seen here, which will aim to resolve some of the waiting times and complaints which result from increased demand.  Recruitment will start again following a period of standstill during covid, and the benefits of internal pathway improvements will be realised.  HYM have improved the clinic model of the pathway and there is an offer of consultation to support families while they are waiting for diagnosis.

Children and Young Peoples Community Offer -

  • Building upon the young peoples ideas and experiences of what wellbeing means to them and how they would like to be supported, we held four co-production workshops in October with providers and young people to explore the most important elements of what would make a great offer for emotional wellbeing and mental health. The principles of the offer are to be further discussed and developed with parents and carers and further inform the offer.

Using the design principles and ideas generated from the sessions, a tender document will be produced for providers to creatively shape an offer that can deliver great provision for children, young people and their families. The next steps for this are beginning in October, with the tender document ready for the beginning of December.  It is an exciting piece of truly co-produced work.

Complete the survey to tell us your views and experiences of implementing Thrive in your locality. We want to hear from colleagues throughout Greater Manchester who work directly with Children and Young people.  Although this is a GM survey we will get locality updates and can therefore localise support that the workforce requires.  Closing date 4th December.
If your organisation provides arts and cultural activities for children and young people based in Greater Manchester, you can request your copy of the GM Youth Mental Health Arts & Culture Evaluation Kit

The toolkit captures the impact that arts and cultural activities have on children and young people's mental health. Using a minimum set of standardised features of evaluation and additional outcome tools, the kit is the ideal way for arts and cultural organisations to demonstrate their impact.

Developed as a collaboration between Greater Manchester i-THRIVE and Greater Manchester Combined Authority as part of the Great Place programme, in collaboration with  42nd Street, Arts Council England, Mahdlo Youth Zone, University of Manchester, Z-arts, Lime arts, Contact Manchester and other key stakeholders; the kit is tailor made to allow arts organisations to use it with ease, whilst collating the data that is useful in demonstrating impact to the health sector and commissioners. 

Wellbeing for Education Return is a nationally developed training and resources programme that has been locally adapted to support the wellbeing of teachers and their pupils in response to the pandemic.
The Wellbeing for Education Return training has been developed by the e-learning platform MindEd, working closely with the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families. In Tameside, the Educational Psychology Service will be leading this programme locally in consultation with other providers.
The training is intended to support education staff to promote children and young people, teachers and parents and carers' mental wellbeing and resilience and aid mental health recovery. The session will provide staff with the confidence to support pupils, and know how and where to access specialist support where needed. 
Headteachers have been invited to decide which two members of staff should sign up for their entitlement of 2 places per establishment for the ‘Wellbeing Return to Education Training’. One member of staff with some leadership responsibility for wellbeing and the other who has a more operational role. Those staff members then need to sign up for two training sessions.
The webinars will be followed up with smaller group weekly themed sessions facilitated by the Educational Psychology Service, CAMHS and other guest experts form local organisations. These sessions will provide the opportunity to problem solve and ask specific questions.

Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Heath (SPOA) Single Point of Entry within Early Help Access Point is now LIVE!  And the MARS form will be embedded with GP systems to aid referral

The referral will be assessed and triaged by specialist early help and mental health practitioners to ensure that the young person and their family are supported by the best placed service, and this should prevent any rejected referrals in the system.
Information leaflet is here

Home Treatment Team Crisis Care   ONE   TWO

Community Eating Disorders  Q2

Kooth ONE  TWO

Mental Health Practitioners - Schools - 2020
Getting Advice, Getting Help, Getting More Help

One in three children and young people are exposed to at least one potentially traumatic event by the time they are 18. We know from decades of research that such exposure can increase the risk of later mental health problems and difficulties in personal and social relationships, and of new stressful experiences. However, through improved understanding, appropriate support and timely intervention we can reduce the negative impact of traumatic events on children and young people.

The UK Trauma Council has been created in order to bring together leading experts in research, policy and practice from all four nations of the UK and drive positive change in the care and support provided to children and young people who have been exposed to trauma.

The UK Trauma Council launches with:

Visit their FACEBOOK page up to date information 

Change Grow Live - My Recovery Tameside are offering free drug and alcohol awareness training to professionals in Tameside.
These events are offered as an introduction to drug and alcohol awareness and have been designed with frontline professionals in mind. The sessions will cover awareness on a variety of different substances, local trends in Tameside, the availability of substances with new technologies and a comprehensive overview of the referral pathways for support in Tameside..
These sessions are ideal if you want to learn more about different substances, their effects and what support is available. It is also a great opportunity for a refresher for any professionals who have not had any drug or alcohol specific training for a while.
•             Substance specific information
•             Local trends – new popular substances
•             Dangers, Risks
•             Signs, symptoms, effects
•             Our agency responses
•             Allows for opportunity to ask any questions
The training is initially being offered online via Microsoft Teams during the Covid pandemic and will be reviewed on a regular basis.
The first scheduled dates for the training are as follows and can be booked via the links below - Once we have your confirmed booking, you will be sent a link via email with instructions on how to join the online training event.
November 10th
December 8th
January 12th -
February 2nd -
Certificates of attendance will be also provided for evidence of continuous professional development.


Online counselling and support platform for 11-18 year olds
Kooth have a programme of training for professionals working with young poele and also that can be delivered directly to young people.
To book any questions or to discuss any safeguarding quaetions that you may have, please email
Getting RIsk Support


We Can Talk is using co-production to change the future for young people who attend hospital due to their mental health and the staff who support them.

Fundamentals of Compassionate Care

The We Can Talk fundamentals of compassionate care online training tool is a short, free of charge, online training designed to improve staff knowledge and confidence when supporting young people attending hospital due to their mental health. Like We Can Talk‘s nationally recognised one-day face-to-face training, this learning tool has been co-designed with young advisors (young people aged 18-25 with experience of presenting to hospital in a mental health crisis), hospital staff and mental health experts. Uniquely, all the video content in this online training was written, filmed and delivered by young advisors working remotely. The online training tool takes less than an hour to complete.


The updated offers from Papyrus (the charity working to preventing young suicide in those aged under 35 years):
HOPELINEUK helpline opening hours now 9.00am - midnight everyday.
They now have a presentation and a tutorial (30 & 90 minutes) that can be delivered online:
Bedtime Stories – Highlighting the dangers of online bullying:
Here are the Youtube links for Bedtime Stories:
Michael Sheen
Julie Hesmondhalgh
Carrie Hope Fletcher
Anton Danyluk
Click here for the Debrief service they offer.
Living Life Well Newsletter

Please see the latest edition of the Living Life Well Newsletter - which contains useful information on updates from the adult mental health collaborative
Useful Information

The MENTAL HEALTH pages have been updated - please take a look and share amongst your networks

The SEND LOCAL OFFER pages have been refreshed - if you need to add something please email  

The EARLY HELP website has been lauched with a wealth of information around neighbourhood support and accessing help and support when you need it  WATCH THIS SPACE FOR A REVIEW

The SCHOOLS Information Page has been updated, please email Heloise Taylor-Hutchins if you would like to include any links or information for schools
Edition 2.3; November 2020

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