Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB opens £1m tender for digital mental health support for young people

NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board has opened an opportunity to procure mental health and emotional wellbeing digital support for children and young people, worth an estimated £1,082,222.

The procurement notice sets out how NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit is working on behalf of the ICB, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Blackpool Council, Lancashire County Council and Westmorland and Furness Council to procure the digital support, which will be based on the ‘THRIVE’ model – an integrated, person-centred and needs-led approach.

The digital services are intended to support young people who want advice and support, do meet the threshold for a specialist service, are on a child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) waiting list, are reluctant to engage with face-to-face support, or are accessing face-to-face support alongside digital means. The contracted provider will work with relevant services including CAMHS and general practitioners in order to integrate support for young people.

Through the procurement, the ICB and partners aim to increase the number of local young people accessing psychological therapy; provide “readily accessible” interventions; reduce demand of patients with mental health issues to CAMHS and acute services; and provide assistance to mental health support teams.

The deadline for submissions is 16 November at 12pm. Click here to access the procurement notice and supporting documents.

We wrote about the digital projects, programmes and priorities in Lancashire and South Cumbria in our ICS feature series, which explored the different health tech activities taking place across the ICS regions. Catch up with the North West edition here.

In other news from the region, in June we covered the news that East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust had gone live with its EPR system, eLancs.

At the start of this year, we shared how Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Fylde Coast Medical Services collaborated with a health tech supplier to implement a solution designed to provide a direct link between patients awaiting cardiac surgery and a team of clinicians.