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Improved provision of child and adolescent mental health services in Lancashire and Cumbria

Posted on the 9th June 2017

There are now more beds available for young people with mental health issues in Lancashire following a relocation of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Tier 4 into a single site.

The service, which provides inpatient assessment and treatment for children and young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties, was previously provided over two sites in Preston and Lancaster. This is now offered from a single location at The Cove, Heysham following the move in May and provides care for up to 16 young people from the age of 13 years up to 18 years. The change in the way the service is provided follows on from a review that Lancashire Care carried out last year with NHS England (NHSE) which commissions its CAMHS Tier 4.

Dr Elizabeth Crabtree, Clinical Director for the Children and Young Peoples Wellbeing Network at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Our Tier 4 CAMHS was previously split over two sites in Lancaster and Preston and, following on from a review that we carried out last year, it was decided that to improve the care that we offer, services should be moved into a single site at The Cove. This is also in line with the recommendations of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the health industry’s independent regulator. This now means that there are more beds available for young people aged 13 to 18 with mental health issues. NHSE has agreed to fully commission these beds, which should reduce the number of young people who travel outside of Lancashire to access Tier 4 services.”

As part of the move, the Trust has been working with young people and their families, staff and other health professionals to develop effective models of care based on clinical best practice and stakeholder feedback.