Progress so far

Primary Mental Health Workers

We have commissioned two whole time equivalent Primary Mental Health Workers (PMHWs) in Lancashire North to enable children and young people to access support earlier and reduce reliance on tier ¾ Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The Primary Mental Health Workers act as a single point of contact for schools, primary care and professionals working with children and young people.

The Primary Mental Health Workers have worked to develop a Mental Health Champion Network in the local area where members of the children and young people’s workforce are able to link in with one another and share best practice, provide feedback about training gaps and find out about where to access online and face to face training. If you are a professional who is interested in joining the network, please get in touch on the numbers given below.

The Mental Health Champions have worked collaboratively to develop a pathways document which provides local guidance for the champions. This document is regularly updated and these updates can be received by joining the network.

The Primary Mental Health Workers have completed Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor training and are rolling out this training to the mental health champions and the wider children and young people’s workforce. For more information about Youth Mental Health First Aid, visit their website

They can be accessed 9am to 5pm either via the CAMHS main office number or via mobiles. They can offer consultation and advice to professionals about services in the area who can support children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

The Primary Mental Health Workers do not need children’s details or parent/carer consent to offer consultation to professionals.

They are based at the Ross Children’s Centre, Euston Road, Morecambe, LA4 5LE and can be contacted via phone on 01524 550 650 - or individually via the mobile numbers or email addresses given below. They endeavour to return calls and emails as quickly as possible.

Please note that all acute/urgent presentations must be directed to the CAMHS team on 01524 550 650. No urgent messages should be left on these mobile answerphones or email accounts.

Sam Harding

Mobile: 07960 868083

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Wendy Hart

Mobile: 07507 845966

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Joy Holmes

(limited availability)

My Time Cumbria

My Time Cumbria (CCG and Local Authority commissioned Primary Mental Health Early Intervention Service) is now in place across Cumbria.

Therapists deliver a brief intervention of 6 – 8 weeks employing a range of therapeutic models including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Person Centred Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Drama Therapy and Therapeutic Play Skills. They also provide group work for anger and anxiety. In addition they provide indirect work via consultancy with parents and professionals and workforce development.

For more information, please contact My Time Cumbria on:

Tel: 01539 742626

Website: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Resilience in schools Lancashire

We are supporting a Pan Lancashire programme to improve resilience and coping in schools in conjunction with Lancashire Sports Partnership. This is targeting 40 schools and you can find out more on the Youth Sport Trust website

Building Children and Young People`s Emotional Resilience & Wellbeing in Cumbria – HeadStart

HeadStart was developed to support schools and communities to address issues relating to children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health with a particular focus on building resilience. Further information and resources are available on the Cumbria HeadStart website

ACE – Achieve Change and Engagement (Lancashire North)

ACE is a charity that delivers group and 1-2-1 programmes of work with young people aged 11-25 that need support with their emotional health and wellbeing and do not reach the CAMHS criteria for referral/waiting.

Refer by the following routes:

Tel: 07717 316883

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Online form (self-referrals): a.c.e website

Mental Health Anti-Stigma Campaign (Lancashire)

Mental Health Anti-Stigma Campaign (Lancashire)

We are adopting the Time to Change campaign across Lancashire. More information about Time to Change is available on the Time-To-Change website

Perinatal Mental Health

We are working with providers to develop a bid for funding* to enable us to commission a ‘specialist community perinatal mental health team’, allowing at least an additional 495 women each year to receive evidence based treatment closer to home when they need it.

*subject to release of national resource.

A specialist inpatient mother and baby unit will be built in Chorley in 2018. This will allow at least an additional 21 women each year to receive evidence based treatment closer to home when they need it.

More information about the national agenda for perinatal mental health is available on this Five Year Forward View for Mental Health document

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) redesign

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) redesign

We are working with providers to redesign children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health services across Lancashire and South Cumbria. This will allow us to offer quality services that deliver positive outcomes for children, young people and families.

The redesigned services will reflect the THRIVE model, support the delivery of the 35% access targets and allow CAMHS to take referrals from birth up to 18th birthday and continue support up to 19th birthday, as needed.

View the 'THRIVE elaborated' document for more information. 

Community Eating Disorder Service

We have commissioned an all age Pan Lancashire eating disorders service which offers a dedicated specialist service and enables children and families with eating disorders to access better information and advice.  The referral form for the service is available to open below.

Eating Disorder Referral Form

With regards to the South Cumbria area of Morecambe Bay CCG, Cumbria does not have a separate children and young people (CYP) eating disorder service currently. The needs of those with an eating disorder are met from members of the Tier 3 CAMHS service with the expertise necessary. A specialist service is in the process of being commissioned. Further information about the current service offered by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust view their website

Crisis Support in Lancashire

We are working with providers to improve access to crisis services across Lancashire; working towards 7 day CAMHS assessments for young people admitted to hospital. This will enable children and young people to have timely access to a psychosocial assessment, assess risk, put relevant support in place and reduce length of hospital stays – particularly at weekends and bank holidays.

Crisis Support in South Cumbria

For Cumbria, improving crisis care for CYP was one of the priorities identified for improvement as part of the local transformation plan (2016). The key deliverables identified for Cumbria are as follows:

  • Developing a crisis response that will result in CAMHS expertise being embedded in a mental health response team.
  • Significantly extending the availability of CAMHS expertise at times of need.
  • Working with partners in Acute Care, Social Care, the Police and Youth Justice to develop a model of crisis care that ensures timely mental health assessment, appropriate places of safety, the availability of crisis outreach work and clear pathways to step-down services.

Section 136 Facilities

We will be opening a dedicated section 136 (S136) facility in Lancashire for children and young people and improving the facilities within DGHs. The S136 facility is to be developed at the former ‘Platform’ building on Preston Royal Infirmary site.

Discussion is underway regarding the S136 facilities children and young people in South Cumbria. Children and young people currently use the existing all-age S136 facilities.

Admission and discharge pathway for children presenting at District General Hospital with mental health, emotional health and/or wellbeing needs

A protocol and pathway is being implemented across all acute providers and CAMHS services to ensure that all partners understand their respective roles and obligations when a young person attends and is admitted to an acute hospital.

Digital THRIVE Lancashire

We are developing a Pan Lancashire one stop digital portal for children, families and professionals, providers and commissioners across Lancashire, which will provide self-help, pathways, resources and clear information on the support available across Lancashire.

This will incorporate:

  • a digital THRIVE toolkit to enable consistent application of THRIVE for internal network
  • a THRIVE service directory to enable stakeholders to identify children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health services
  • digital campaigns for children
  • empowering stakeholders with digital therapies/tools to support children and young people with their emotional wellbeing and mental health
  • providing digital solutions for outcomes, performance and data flow 

ADHD Service Lancashire North

Transfer of ADHD service to Lancaster and Morecambe CAMHS (Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust)

The management and administration of the children’s ADHD Service within Lancashire North has now transferred from Community Paediatrics to Lancashire Care NHS foundation Trust as of 1 July 2017 and is situated alongside the Lancaster and Morecambe CAMH Service, based at the Ross Children’s Centre.

The children’s ADHD service comprises of a small multi-disciplinary team of clinicians which include a CAMHS Team Leader, a CAMHS Consultant, a Paediatrician and two Specialist ADHD Nurses (including one Non-Medical Prescriber), supported by a dedicated team administrator.   

The new service will work towards a stepped care model to ensure that children and young people are seen by a clinician or a team of clinicians that can appropriately meet their needs.

The service plans to work closely with our Primary Care Mental Health Workers and local stakeholders to develop a range of early support pathways to advise and guide on behaviour, sleep, parenting and emotional health and wellbeing.

All requests for involvement of this team now need to be directed to the ADHD Service based at the Ross Children’s Centre, Euston Road, Morecambe, LA4 5LE. The request for involvement form required to make a referral is to be used for referrals to both the ADHD and CAMHS services. The criteria booklet for information and request for support form are below.

ADHD Request for Support Form

Criteria Booklet

All referrals for both ADHD and CAMHS will be triaged by the multi-disciplinary team and each referral will generate a response letter of acceptance or decline. Should a referral be declined, the service will respond with signposting options where possible and the Primary Care Mental Health Workers will offer consultation, where appropriate.      

A transition process has been agreed for all existing children who are currently being supported by the Community Paediatrics ADHD service and their care will be transferred to Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust by the end of September 2017. All families will be informed of the change in service and it is hoped that this will not have a detrimental impact on their experience or on continuity of care.

Any queries about the future delivery can be directed to Emma Akrigg, Team Leader at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning 01524 550650. Alternatively, you can contact Kate Eades Bevan, Highly Specialist ADHD Nurse at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning 01524 550650.

ADHD Service Cumbria

Children and young people with a diagnosis of ADHD or an ADHD query in South Cumbria should contact Tier 3 CAMHS:

CAMHS South (South Lakes & Furness)

Fairfield Centre

Fairfield Lane

Barrow

LA13 9AJ

Tel: 01229 402696

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information visit the Cumbria Partnership website