Professor evaluates new initiative to improve mental health care for children

A £500,000 NHS project to enhance UK mental healthcare services will be evaluated by Professor Mick Cooper and his colleagues at the Centre for Research in Social and psychology Transformation (CREST) at Roehampton.

Posted: 20 February 2015

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The two-year project is aimed at improving the treatment given to children and young people across the country who have psychological difficulties, using a model for mental health treatment that has already proven successful.

The existing Outcomes Orientated Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (OO-CAMHS) model has been effective when used on a small sample group of mental health care practices, so the new initiative will evaluate the model on a larger scale of health care providers.

Professor Mick Cooper will evaluate the potential for the OO-CAMHS model to be disseminated across the UK. Joel Vos, Reader in Counselling Psychology, will lead on the statistical part of the evaluation.

Professor Mick Cooper said: “The OO-CAMHS model draws extensively from international evidence about the factors in mental health care treatment which have consistently demonstrated improvements in the outcomes of patients and their families. There is an emphasis on tailoring the treatment to the individual child and their family, and on using feedback measures to assess how the treatment is going.

Our evaluation will look the challenges and benefits of disseminating this model more widely across the mental health care field.”

Professor Mick Cooper’s involvement in the project is one of many of his achievements in the field of mental health care for young people.

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