Information for professionals

Thank you for your interest in the Blueprint study. We want to ensure those who commission and provide services for children and young people and their families are involved throughout this three year study to ensure that what we are doing is relevant to them.

This project aims to develop one or more models – or ‘blueprints’ – of effective, high quality service design for children and young people experiencing common mental health problems. We will examine the factors that facilitate access to, and navigation of, out of hospital services and the effectiveness and acceptability of those services. These evidence-based models will help inform the NHS and assist commissioners and providers in the design and transformation of out-of-hospital services for this population group.

The study has four work streams:

Work Stream 1

In Work Stream 1, a series of systematic reviews of the international literature will be conducted to identify the range of service models available internationally for children and young people experiencing common mental health problems.

Work Stream 2

In Work Stream 2, a survey and the literature obtained in Work Stream 1 will be used to map current services in England and Wales across a range of different service dimensions (referral/access arrangements, theoretical underpinnings, location, staffing, provider, delivery platform, etc.). Find out more about the service mapping survey here.

Do you deliver, manage or commission a service for children and young people experiencing common mental health problems in England or Wales? Please let us know about your service by completing the short service mapping exercise survey here.
Work Stream 3

In Work Stream 3, 8-10 services identified from our mapping survey will be studied in depth. At each site, we will: (a) conduct interviews with key stakeholders, (b) obtain relevant documents; and (c) observe, where possible, key interactions. Where possible we will also collect economic data to estimate costs associated with services.

Work Stream 4

In Work Stream 4, data from all three work streams will be synthesised to develop one or more models of effective and acceptable, high quality service design for children and young people experiencing common mental health problems. This will incorporate the factors associated with accessing, navigating and receiving help from services for this population group.