Service development

Community Connectors

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Northpoint have been successful in a bid for new work to deliver ‘Community Connector’ roles within LMSP/TLS PCN in Leeds. These new roles are an integral part of the Leeds Community Mental Health Transformation and will not only work with people in communities but also help shape and influence the transformation. We are pleased to have been chosen alongside Barca and Touchstone who will deliver the roles in the two other trailblazer areas, and we will be working in close partnership with them on this work.

As above, we have also been successful in a proposal to become a partner in MindMate SPA delivery in Leeds. This will see us recruiting to 6 posts – 3 x Mental Health Triage Workers and 3 x Neuro-developmental Triage Workers.

Following a proposal to commissioners, we will also shortly be recruiting to a brand-new service area, providing a ‘Therapeutic Community’ in Leeds, focusing on 16–25-year-olds who have experienced trauma. This will be a pilot project for 18 months initially.

Good news for the Healthy Minds Service

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Northpoint Wellbeing has been successfully delivering our Healthy Minds service to Chapeltown Primary Care Network(PCN) for several years. On the back of this success, we have recently been approached by several other PCNs looking to commission a similar Healthy Minds model for their own populations. Following a number of meetings to discuss their specific needs, we are pleased to confirm that Northpoint has been given the go-ahead to deliver two new Healthy Minds contracts for the following PCNs:

  • Beeston; Middleton; Hunslet
  • Woodsley and Holt Park.

In total, we will be employing an additional 5.0wte Mental Health Practitioner (AfC Band 5) staff across these two contracts and hope to start delivery in September/October.  We are advertising again on NHS Jobs, so if you, or anyone you know, might be interested in joining us please spread the news.

Increased support for school children in Calderdale

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Last year Northpoint was successful in its bid to run a Mental Health Support Team (MHST) to complement its existing children’s services in Calderdale.  We began recruiting during the summer. The team are now all in place and work is well underway.

The MHST provides evidence-based mental health support for children and young people, as well as, support and training to schools to develop their whole-school approach to emotional wellbeing.

The team works with school-aged children and young people experiencing mild to moderate emotional/mental health problems. Referrals are made by trained members of school staff who act as wellbeing leads. They refer directly to Education Mental Health Team practitioners who are based within school. The service has been commissioned by the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group which receives funding from NHS England and the Department of Education.

The team will provide direct, ongoing support to schools around mental health and wellbeing. This will include:

  • providing direct interventions to pupils with mild to moderate mental health conditions, such as anxiety, low mood or behavioural difficulties.
  • where young people require specialist support, making onward referrals for pupils to local services, such as child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).
  • providing training, education and advice to school staff to help them better support their pupils around mental and emotional wellbeing.
  • championing mental wellbeing and resilience across the whole school community, providing guidance around issues such as bullying and coping with exam stress.

The MHST programme is part of the Government’s plans for expanding access to mental health care for children and young people, following consultation on its Green Paper Transforming children and young people’s mental health.

The team is managed by Ian Wood, so for more info contact