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CAMHS Redesign

Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Transformation

The Lancashire and South Cumbria Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Transformation team are currently working with providers to redesign mental health services.

The Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Redesign covers all NHS funded mental health services for children and young people from birth to their 19th birthday in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Why do we need to redesign?

We know that our services can be better and we want to make sure they are. The current national target is that 35% of young people with a mental health condition are able to access services funded by the NHS. We can’t achieve this target by just increasing funding. To improve our services we need to ensure that services and organisations work together in partnership to use available resources in the best possible way.

To do this we will focus on:

  • Improving waiting times
  • Attracting more staff to work in our services
  • Finding and closing gaps in services
  • Making services for under 5’s available
  • Including 16-18 year olds in children and young people's services rather than adult services
  • Developing alternatives to admission

You can read the Transformation Plan here and the easy-read version here.


Have your say

It is important that young people are involved in the transformation and understand any proposed changes. Young people who use the services and their families have knowledge and experience that can be used to help make services better.

We are hosting a number of co-production events to work together to help design and build the new model. After each event we will share the main themes of discussion on this page and provide the opportunity for feedback.

Co-production event dates

Our co-production events have now finished, however you can read some of the feedback using the links below and email any further comments or questions to

Co-production event feedback

Click on each date to read the feedback and conversation themes from each event and share your feedback

2nd May 2018, Lancaster (crisis)

9th May 2018, Blackpool (access)

14th May 2018, Leyland (transitions)

23rd May 2018, Preston (digital)

29th May 2018, Blackpool (stigma)

4th June 2018, Barrow (Multiple topics)

6th June 2018, Oswaldtwistle (Thrive)

Read the full THRIVE report produced by Healthwatch - Redesigning mental health services for children and young people.


Co-production feedback session


We held a feedback session for anyone who attended one of the co-production events in 2018 to help us shape the future co-production that we’ll be undertaking as part of CAMHS redesign. The session was held on Thursday 20 September 2018 from 4.30-6.30pm at:


Wellington Park Hotel

Burlington Gardens


PR25 3AB

During April 2019, we've held workshops with stakeholders from across Lancashire and South Cumbria to build on the work done during Phase 1 of the redesign.

Read the outcomes from the workshops below.

THRIVE Workshop 1

THRIVE Workshop 2

Get involved in our design sessions for NHS funded emotional health and wellbeing services for children and young people >>

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