Children and young people

About local services

Our aim is to commission an excellent model of service provision for children and young people (0-18 years) that incorporates those universal services for all children, services for children with additional / special needs and children and young people who require services to support them with mental health issues. The views and experiences of our young people across Devon, their parents /carers and the people that look after them are really important to us when we plan services.  The document below summarises how views have helped to shape services.

How feedback has helped to shape services for children and young people across Devon 2011-2017

Children and young people's mental health and wellbeing

We recently published our Transformation Plan for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

It sets out our commissioning strategy, priorities and plans to transform the support and services offered to children and young people over a five year period, commencing this year.

The plan has been developed by the CCG working with partners and providers and taking into account the views of children and young people.

To find out more, please click on the link below.
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) transformation plan

Maternity services

NHS NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) commission maternity services for women and their families in Devon. 

These services include care from midwives and clinicians antenatally, through birth and to the postnatal period after you have had your baby. 

This care is commissioned across Devon in both Hospital and Community settings by skilled and trained professionals from:

The maternity units in the NHS NEW Devon CCG area are:
North Devon District Hospital - North Devon Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital - East Devon Derriford Hospital - West Devon
The key aims of these services are:
  • To provide safe, high quality and sustainable services
  • To ensure a satisfying experience for families
  • To ensure maternity services work well to meet the needs of families
  • To ensure they are evidence based, safe and up to date.

Maternity strategy

Commissioners from NHS NEW Devon CCG, South Devon & Torbay CCG and Kernow CCG have worked with families and clinicians to develop a commissioning strategy for the next five years. 
Maternity strategy Maternity strategy - appendix
The strategy clearly demonstrates the commitment the CCG makes to women and their families at this important time to ensure babies receive the best start in life.  We clearly recognise the importance this has not only at the time of birth, but for the rest of families’ lives.

Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC)

To help us develop maternity services with those families using the service, the CCG is committed to ensuring that there is a Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC) in each locality of Devon.
The MSLC is a team of individuals involved in improving and developing local maternity services.  It includes representatives from:
  • Local maternity services, i.e. midwives and doctors
  • Children’s centres
  • General practitioners
  • Commissioners
  • Voluntary sector.

This is the key opportunity for you to make your views known to clinicians and commissioners, and to contribute to change.  The committee meets regularly within each area and includes not only discussion on local services, but can invite speakers to discuss a key topic such as infant feeding, emotional health & well being, etc.
The aim is to ensure that members who have experience of maternity services can contribute to being part of the committee;  however the session is open for all to attend, and to meet in venues across the locality, either at children's centres or at the local hospital.
Click here to find out more about the MSLC
The CCG is keen to hear your views:  we want you to help us shape maternity services

What you tell us is vital to help us develop services now and in the future.  We therefore would like to hear what you thought about maternity care : before, during and after your baby’s birth.
Tell us:
  • What went well?
  • What not so well?
  • Ideas / suggestions for the future.
To feedback or comment, please contact Gwen Pearson on

Pregnant or thinking of having a baby?

10 things you should know to stay healthy:
  1. If you take regular medicines to stay well, make sure that your doctor knows you are pregnant (or planning a baby). They may need to adjust your treatment to keep you both safe and healthy.
  2. If you are buying medicines over the counter, make sure the pharmacist knows if you are pregnant. Generally it is best to avoid taking medicines if you are pregnant but some are safe to take, e.g. paracetamol.
  3. A folic acid supplement is a good idea to take if you are pregnant or planning a baby, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
  4. If you are pregnant, vaccinations against influenza and whooping cough are recommended.  They are safe and will protect you and your baby, ask your doctor.
  5. If you smoke, now is a great time to give up!  There is help if you are finding it difficult, ask your pharmacist.
  6. It is best not to drink alcohol when you are pregnant, and if you are planning a baby it is a good time to cut down.  If you are finding this hard, talk to your doctor.
  7. Gentle exercise is good for you and the baby, e.g. swimming, walking – if in doubt ask your midwife.
  8. A healthy balanced diet will help to keep you well, with lots of fruit and vegetables.  Ask your midwife.
  9. Breastfeeding is best for you and the baby, but it is sometimes tricky to get started.  Ask your midwife or health visitor for help if you need it.
  10. Being pregnant and having a new baby can be a very emotional time. For some people it is more than they can cope with, and it is important to seek help.  It happens more than you think!  Speak to your midwife, health visitor or doctor.
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Maternal mental health is everyone’s business

More than 1 in 10 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby. If untreated, these perinatal mental illnesses can have a devastating impact on the women affected and their families. 

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s new campaign – Everyone’s Business – calls for all women throughout the UK who experience perinatal mental health problems to receive the care they and their families need, wherever and whenever they need it. 

Find out more on the link below.

Everyone’s Business

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