This year, the CORC Regional Seminar Series, called 'Measuring what matters in child and youth mental health: what’s a fair way to measure a service?' visited Birmingham, Manchester and London in April 2019.

We talked with participants about ways how we can compare different services in a fair way and if the measures we use are meaningful to young people, or just to clinicians and managers. 

This annual seminar is open to mental health and education professionals, service leads, commissioners and anyone interested in the future of children and young people’s mental health services.

If you could make it this year or are an attendee who wants to reflect on the presentations and discussions, please find below the necessary resources from the Regional Seminar Series:



Registration, refreshments and networking


Welcome and Introduction


Apples and pears? Devising a meaningful measure for comparing services

CORC Director Prof Miranda Wolpert introduces CORC’s work on analysing change across a combination of measures, and working with NHSE to devise a common metric for child and youth mental health outcomes.


Goal in one? Using goals set with young people to understand progress

CORC Research Lead presents our learning from the Goals Based Outcome measure: what these tell us about how services are supporting young people, and how we compare these idiographic measures at service level.


Coffee and Tea Break


Access for who? Recent findings from measuring service access and ethnicity

We present CORC research exploring the association between ethnicity and care pathway for children with emotional problems in routinely collected service data.


How would young people measure things?  What might the future look like for outcome measurement.

The development of mental health outcome measures has historically been practitioner-led. We share thinking from those with lived experience, and from ongoing co-production work about improvements to outcome measurement.

Watch Beth and Mark discussing how young people would measure things here. 


Panel-led discussion: what are the implications for services? 

An opportunity for attendees to raise questions and reflections with a panel of researchers and local commissioners, managers and young people.


Summary of the day and closing comments




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