In summer 2015, NHS England and the Department for Eduction (DfE) jointly launched the Mental Health Services and Schools Link Pilot. They took place across 22 areas, including five in London. The evaluation report was published in February 2017.
Overall the evaluation found that the pilots had considerable success in strengthening communications and joint working arrangements between schools and NHS children and young people’s mental health services. This was often the case where relationships were said to have been weak at the start if the pilot programme, although the extend of the change varied between pilot areas.
A second wave of pilots has been commissioned and a further two areas of London are part of this wave.