Cumbria Crack

Health bosses agree to provide out-of-hours youth mental health services for South Cumbria

Tim Farron MP handing over the mental health petition to Andrew Bennett, the Chief Officer of Morecambe Bay CCG, outside Westmorland General Hospital.

[Y]oung people in south Cumbria who live with mental health conditions are set to benefit from improvements in the provision of services for those occasions when they need extra crisis care.

Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)are pleased to announce the agreement with Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who will provide the service, which will mean that young people will be able to access assessment and intervention when they are in crisis for extended hours and on 7 days a week. The existing 9-5 service will evolve to provide the extended hours as recruitment is successful, over the next few weeks. When fully operational the service will provide access Monday-Friday 9am-8pm and weekends and bank holidays 9am-1pm.

This change in service has been in planning stages for some time and was initially implemented as a first phase in North Cumbria. The plans for South Cumbria have now been agreed so that children and young people across Cumbria will be able to access the same level of service.

Lauren Dixon GP and CCG Executive Lead for Women and Children said this is great news and really shows the commitment of the CCG to invest in children and young people’s emotional well-being and mental health services

Tim Farron MP said: “I want to say a big thank you to the thousands of people who have backed this campaign – thanks to your support, you’ve made a massive difference to young people’s lives in our area.

“But this is only the tip of the iceberg – there is still so much more that needs to be done to improve mental health provision and I will keep on fighting for the most vulnerable in our society.”

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