Lewisham’s Young People’s Health & Wellbeing Service is available to anyone age 10-19 (or 25 with evidenced additional needs) who lives, attends school or is registered with a GP in Lewisham. The service is delivered by Compass in partnership with Kooth.
The aim of the service is to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Lewisham by identifying and preventing exposure to toxic risk factors and reducing health harming behaviour with a focus on substance misuse, sexual health and mental health and emotional wellbeing. The service offers a range of universal, targeted and specialist services under one roof in order to provide an integrated, holistic early intervention response.
Services are delivered by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Practitioners, Nurses, Counsellors and Support Workers who are able to provide an integrated offer including elements of sexual health, substance misuse and emotional wellbeing support. Support can include; information, advice and guided self-help, psycho educational and psychological interventions and pharmacological interventions.
Services are provided face to face, online, via text and phonecalls and can be delivered at an individual or group level.
Universal elements of the service include; educational workshops and assemblies, workforce training events and access to ChatHealth. Targeted services are accessible via drop-ins at the service Hub and assertive outreach via “spoke” venues including youth clubs and schools.
The intervention is funded from Lewisham’s Public Health Grant and the contract is managed by the Children and Young People’s Joint Commissioning Team.
The service was launched in May 2017. The current contract expires in March 2020 but it is expected to be extended for at least a year.
As one of the first youth health and wellbeing services to integrate support for 3 areas of need (mental health and emotional wellbeing, substance misuse and sexual health), with a focus on behaviour change, Lewisham are keen to evaluate the process and outcomes of the service development phase and first 2 years of service delivery. They would like to include multiple perspectives in the evaluation including service users, the provider and commissioners.
Lewisham believe this fits with the criteria for the current funding opportunity from the NIHR Public Health Research Programme: “Interventions Funded by Local Authorities to Change Multiple Health Behaviours”
Lewisham are keen to hear from any academics who would be willing to work with us to develop our research idea and create a proposal to submit for application for the funding.
Contact: Helen Buttivant Consultant in Public Health, Lewisham Council