To: The Department of Health & NHS England

Reinstate Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Kingston upon Hull

NHS England announce new unit for Hull and East Yorkshire!

Today it has been confirmed that a new mental health inpatient service for young people will be commissioned for East Yorkshire. Families will be able to have their say on the future service over the next two months, and NHS England plans to award a contract to a provider in November.

Sally Burke, said: "Maisie and I are overjoyed at this announcement. I'm so very proud of Maisie, she had the idea to go public. Maisie wanted to help other local youngsters receive the specialist mental health care needed, close to their loved ones.

"This unit proves that when communities work together, they can achieve difficult objectives.

"Thank you so much to everyone who has read Maisie's story and who signed the petition."

Read more: http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Victory-Kids-Crisis-New-mental-health-unit/story-29356050-detail/story.html#ixzz4AXR2CKPg

Reinstate 24/7 care for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Kingston upon Hull

Vulnerable children in Hull are having to stay in inpatient mental health units a long way from home so they can get the vital mental health support they need. This is because Hull is one of the only large cities in England without one of these units nearby. The city used to have an inpatient unit for children, but it was shut down in 2013. The Hull area needs an inpatient unit again.

Why is this important?

My daughter Maisie has autism, and is in a mental health unit in Manchester. I have to take an almost 200 mile round trip to see my 14 year old daughter, because this is where the nearest available bed is.

My child is ill, she is in a hospital miles away from home. As her Mum I would expect to see her, cuddle her and reassure her every day. As her Mum I need to be there when she needs me. As her Mum I should be able to hold her hand through her recovery. As her Mum, not being able to do so is heartbreaking. Trying to sleep at night, knowing my little girl is so far away, alone and homesick is harrowing. I’m exhausted, physically and mentally and I feel helpless.
Maisie says ‘It’s horrible, I hate being so far away from home. I don’t get to see my Mum everyday. Other local kids get to see their Mums and Dads everyday. It’s not fair.’

Inpatient mental health units are for children whose mental health needs are so severe that they need round the clock support from mental health workers.
Children can be in this unit for a few days or a few months, and is a distressing time for both the child and their family. It’s made even worse by being so far away.

Dozens of children from Hull and East Riding have been sent to inpatient units far from home since the Hull unit closed in 2013. This could be avoided by having a unit in Hull again. These vulnerable children need their families around them at this frightening time.

NHS England make decisions about which areas have inpatient units for children. Their own research showed that 18 more beds were need in the wider area, but these beds were added to inpatient units that already exist in Sheffield and York. This means that the nearest unit to Hull is still 42 miles away, and families remain far away from their children.

We want:
• NHS England to recommission an inpatient unit for children with severe mental health issues in the Hull area
• Immediate support for children experiencing a mental health crisis, at any time of the day or night.

Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Reasons for signing

  • I have a son with aspergers and it can be very hard
  • I signed because although I don't know Maisie personally, I've heard about her, and I want her to get the support she needs close to home. :-) Although I can't make a donation, I want to make a difference.
  • These kids have enough to deal with without the added trauma of being miles from their families.

Updates

2016-11-21 15:00:14 +0000
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Petition is successful with 17,988 signatures

2016-06-30 16:27:11 +0100
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Petition is successful with 17,956 signatures

2016-06-06 11:50:43 +0100
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Petition is successful with 17,952 signatures

2016-06-03 19:22:44 +0100

NHS England announce new mental health unit!
Today it has been confirmed that a new inpatient service for young people will be commissioned for this area, and will include psychiatric intensive care beds for children with the most severe mental health conditions.
Families will be able to have their say on the future service over the next two months, and NHS England plans to award a contract to a provider in November.
Sally Burke, said: "Maisie and I are overjoyed at this announcement. I'm so very proud of Maisie, she had the idea to go public. Maisie wanted to help other local youngsters receive the specialist mental health care needed, close to their loved ones.
"This unit proves that when communities work together, they can achieve difficult objectives. Thank you so much to everyone who has read Maisie's story and who signed the petition."
Read more: http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Victory-Kids-Crisis-New-mental-health-unit/story-29356050-detail/story.html#ixzz4AXR2CKPg

2016-02-12 15:10:28 +0000

Can you 'leg it' for Children's Mental Health Week?
Maisie is currently in Cheadle hospital, Greater Manchester, 101 miles from home.
To highlight this, campaign supporters will be 'Legging it to Manchester', and aim to cover this distance by leg power alone, with a treadmill and exercise bike.
Please join them on Saturday 13th February, Gym24seven, floor 2 in The Princes Quay shopping centre, Hull from 9am- 4pm. Young, old, fast or slow, please show your support by taking part or cheering the team on. You do have to be 16 years old to take part and can do anything from 2-20 minutes or even 2 hours. If you can spare anytime it will be very much appreciated.
Please share!

2016-02-12 14:55:46 +0000

Minister accepts 'urgent need' for new unit.
Last week Sally Burke and Kathy Hopper, both parents of children who have had to stay in inpatient mental health units a long way from home, met with Health Minister, Alistair Burt in Hull. The minister recognised the need for an inpatient unit in this area, and said he would talk to NHS England about how soon this could be commissioned. This is currently expected to be in the autumn. Sally Burke welcomed the minister's visit and hoped that 'Parliament hears a clear message that Hull children need this'.
http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Kids-Crisis-Health-minister-Alistair-Burt-accepts/story-28673742-detail/story.html

2016-01-13 18:56:52 +0000

Join our Flashmob! To mark the first anniversary of the campaign, we will be meeting this Sunday 17th January at the Ground Floor of Princes Quay Shopping Centre in Hull HU1 2PQ from 2-2.30pm.
The campaign has achieved a lot - thanks to efforts from Maisie’s mum, Sally, other campaigners and the thousands of you who’ve signed this petition. On Monday, a 24/7 crisis support service was launched, and a team of mental health specialists is in operation across Hull and the East Riding . The campaign now continues for the re-commissioning of inpatient beds for children, and the flash mob will raise awareness of the urgent need for care close to home. Please come along and show your support at what will be an important, fun and memorable occasion.

2015-10-14 18:30:13 +0100

Great progress as a crisis team providing 24/7 care to be introduced by Christmas.
This is part of a £1.1m investment in CAMHS by the local health trust, local councils and CCGs.
Sally Burke said "I’m delighted the CCGs have finally taken children's mental health seriously and recognised the drastic improvements needed. I personally look forward to seeing the 24-hour crisis team in place to deliver the dignity and quality to children in crisis."
Local MP Alan Johnson said this was a "significant step forward" and added: "This is a real vindication for the parents and all those who campaigned."
The campaign continues for the re-commissioning of an inpatient unit. The Humber Foundation Trust has submitted a business case for a new unit to NHS England, with a decision expected in the coming months. Please continue to share this petition to help ensure children in crisis get the right support close to their family and friends.

2015-08-18 11:58:31 +0100

Maisie has returned to an inpatient mental health unit in Manchester, almost 100 miles from her home. Maisie asked to be re-admitted, because she didn't feel that she was safe from harming herself. We are continuing the fight to reinstate a mental health unit in Hull, so Maisie and other Hull children can get the support they need close to home. We will have an update on the progress of the campaign within the next month or so. Thank you again to everyone who has signed and shared the petition.

2015-06-09 21:48:14 +0100

Maisie has now been (suddenly) discharged - but sadly is still not well. Now more than ever we urgently need the reinstatement of 24/7 Child and Adolescent Mental Health services in Hull... before Maisie or another vulnerable child is once again left without the right care and support they need and deserve and indeed would receive if their illness was a physical one.

2015-04-20 14:59:04 +0100

Maisie has now been moved to a new unit in Bury, which is almost 100 miles away from home - 40 miles further away than before. The reason for moving? Because she had escaped in order to try and come home so they had to place her in a more secure unit.

Please keep helping us get signatures and raise awareness. Maisie is not the only child this is happening to - and we need your help to get this to stop. Our children need help, love and support and this needs to be done close to home, so they do not have the stress of being surrounded by strangers, in a strange place, with nothing familiar around them. Maisie and other children have enough to deal with- without adding to it.
Please keep sharing and encouraging those around you to sign and share too.
Thank you

2015-04-12 21:06:51 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2015-02-17 22:53:32 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2015-01-29 18:47:07 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2015-01-23 10:43:46 +0000

500 signatures reached

2015-01-19 18:10:10 +0000

100 signatures reached

2015-01-19 17:31:13 +0000

50 signatures reached

2015-01-19 16:56:36 +0000

25 signatures reached

2015-01-19 16:21:33 +0000

10 signatures reached