What were we asked to look at?
Psychology Adding Value – Epilepsy Screening (PAVES) project for children and young people with epilepsy (CYPwE) who experience mental health issues.
SHTG will conduct an economic evaluation - that compares the costs and consequences of early intervention provided with PAVES compared with the standard of care which is an onward referral to CAMHS (for patients screened as being high risk) or no intervention (for patients screened as being at lower risk).
Why is this important?
Without early identification and intervention to support CYPwE who are experiencing mental health issues, there is a risk over the longer term of these patients experiencing increased morbidity, reduced quality of life, and potentially poorer treatment outcomes.
PAVES provides appropriate early intervention options depending on the needs of the patient, including referral to third sector services, workshops for parents of CYPwE, self-help materials and therapeutic groups for adolescents.
In addition to improving mental health for CYPwE through a reduction in episodes of poor mental health, PAVES is expected to create efficiencies for the NHS in terms of reducing pressure on community and adult mental health services (CAMHS).
NHS Lothian: Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (RHCYP), Psychologists from Pediatrics Psychology and Liaison Services (PPALS)