The Healthy London Partnership (HLP) Children and Young People’s Mental Health (CYP MH) programme has produced data inequalities snapshots for each Integrated Care System (ICS) in London. The purpose of these data snapshots is to support local systems in addressing health inequalities in access, experience, and outcomes in CYP MH care. This could support system partners to identify and begin to understand where action is needed in London to tackle inequalities in the CYP MH system. The snapshots use existing datasets and intelligence, providing a reference point to begin planning, commissioning, and delivering CYP MH services in London which are preventive and protective.
The data snapshots can also be used to address the priorities highlighted in the Advancing Mental Health Equalities Strategy, published by NHS England and NHS Improvement in October 2020. This strategy sets out the core actions required to bridge the mental health equalities gap, and it an important part of the overall NHS plan to accelerate action to address health inequalities as part of the COVID-19 response, and sits alongside the NHS Mental Health Implementation Plan (2019/20-2023/24).