Blueprint: Improving services available to children and young people

What is this study?

The Blueprint project is exploring services available to children and young people in England and Wales who are experiencing common mental health problems. These are commonly occurring problems that generally do not require admission to hospital and include problems such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and run jointly by University of Manchester, Cardiff University and Great Manchester Mental Health NHS trust. The aim of the study is to identify ways to make these services more accessible and effective for those who wish to access them.

Why is this research important?

It is vital that services available to children and young people with common mental health problems are made as accessible and as effective as possible. This piece of research intends to maximise these two things by developing a model which maps out how services are currently running across England and Wales.

How are McPin and people affected by mental health problems involved? 

Our young people’s lead and a young people’s network member have a position on the project steering group, which oversees the study’s progress and helps to make important decisions. We have also employed six young co-researchers who are supporting data collection, analysis and dissemination.

What is the current status of the project?

The team are busy conducting interviews with service leads, young people and families. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the project has moved online, meaning that most interviews have happened via telephone or zoom.

Where can I find more information?

For more information about the public involvement within this project, you can contact by email: or phone 0207 922 7874.