Measuring what matters in child and youth mental health: what’s a fair way to measure a service?

How can we compare different services in a fair way?

Are the measures we use meaningful to young people, or just to clinicians and managers?

Join us to discuss cutting edge developments in outcome measurement in child and youth mental health. Hear about the latest research and join our panel in debate about how we shape the future for responsive and evidenced care.

This 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.

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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.


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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Lee Atkins

Regional Improvement Support Officer

As Regional Improvement Support Officer for the Midlands and South West, Lee seeks to support organisations and services to develop their evidence based and outcome focused approach for service improvement. Lee developed his passion for this work supporting the mental health and well-being of children and young people over 12 years across voluntary and statutory sectors. This experience gave him a keen understanding of the needs of children, young people and their families (CYPF) and a commitment to putting them at the centre of all support for them. Lee is excited by the variety and diversity of work that takes place for CYPF and seeks to better understand, to demonstrate and to improve the effectiveness of this support.

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