On Thursday 1 February, CW+ was pleased to welcome Wes Streeting, the Labour MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Mr Streeting came to find out more about Best For You, the young people’s mental health programme run in partnership by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL), Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, West London NHS Trust, and NHS charity CW+, and evaluated by academic experts at Imperial College.
In July 2021, one in six children aged five to 16 were identified as having a probable mental health problem. Best For You launched in November 2021, bringing together tried-and-tested digital resources, community partnerships with organisations including Chelsea Football Club, and new state-of-the art NHS spaces and services. This unique way of working aims to ensure that young people can access the joined-up mental health support they need in a timely manner.
Mr Streeting visited Arc, a bespoke NHS space that opened in autumn 2023. Arc is home to Arc Day Programme, a community-based service run by CNWL for young people aged between 13 and 17 who have an eating disorder diagnosis. The programme’s multidisciplinary team sees and treats some of the most acutely unwell patients in north-west London with a first-of-its-kind, family-centred model of care.
This was followed by a round-table discussion hosted by Chris Chaney, Chief Executive of CW+ and Kasim Kutay, CEO of Novo Holdings and Chair of Best For You, in which the Shadow Secretary for Health and Social Care heard first-hand from clinicians, volunteers, and young people about the impact of Best For You and how it feeds into the vision for a better mental health for young people across the UK.
Chris Chaney said: ‘Best For You is a testament to what can be achieved by bringing different partners together. Not only is it co-designed and run by three NHS Trusts, we have also involved partners from the corporate and charity sectors to provide a uniquely collaborative network of support that can be replicated in other areas. We look forward to seeing the model adapt and grow to meet the needs of more and more young people.’
Kasim Kutay said: ‘We all know that the mental health crisis among young people has been growing for years. We wanted to work in innovative ways that hadn’t been tried before, while making the most of the wealth of knowledge, experience and support that already exists within the NHS. It is a pleasure watching Best For You continuing to develop and achieve such positive results for and with young people across our region.’
Find out more about Best For You and how you can support the programme.