Developing a web-based app for non-mental health nurses to assess children and young people with mental health problems

Michael Doyle, Manisha Singh, Philip McNulty, Siobhan Slavin, Mike Smith, Helen Walker, Wajid Khan, Barry Percy-Smith

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Background: Recent research findings suggest there is high demand on specialist mental health services for Children and Young People (CYP) in the UK. Non-Mental Health Nurses are well placed to provide screening and assessments of CYP. Digital solutions have been recommended for Non-mental Health Nurses to make the most of early intervention opportunities and relieve pressure on CAMHS .

Aim: Develop a web-based app for Non-MH-Nurses to assess the needs and risks for CYP.

Methods: A systematic literature review, focus group consultations and interviews, and Qualtrics surveys of respondents who evaluated the app.

Results: The assessment app was conceptualized as a decision support tool for non-mental health nurses. An app known as the HAMHA: Huddersfield App for Mental Health Assessment was constructed and positively evaluated.
Conclusion: The HAMHA should provide increased confidence for Non-Mental Health Nurses when assessing and managing the mental health needs and risks for CYP.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNursing children and young people
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 Oct 2023

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