Published on 30 March 2021

New partnership for delivering children and young people’s mental health services

A new Partnership has been set up to bring together mental and emotional health services for children and young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The Partnership is made up of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, Centre 33 and Ormiston Families.

Together we will bring our expertise to help build relationships across our mental health and care system to ensure clinical services, voluntary organisations and local authority services work closer together to support children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing.

The Partnership has been set up with joint funding from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council to commission a single integrated service for children and young people across the county.

We have spoken to children and young people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who have told us that they can find the number of services available and how to access support confusing. As a health and care system for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough we are committed to investing more, and bringing services together so they are co-ordinated, equitable and easy to access.

For example, one of the first tasks of the Partnership will be to launch a single point of referral for all the services, to make it easier for young people to navigate and access the right support when they need it.

Over the coming months the CCG and Local Authorities will be working together with the Partnership to refine the mental health support offer for 0 to 25 year olds. We will be listening to children, young people and their family’s experiences, ensuring we put children and families first.

In the meantime we would like to reassure anyone who is currently receiving support or requires access/referral for support, that they will continue to receive services as they do now.

The new Partnership is expected to start delivering services from 1 July 2021. We will provide further updates as we develop the service model.