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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is moving from Oakham House...


This page provides updates of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s (LPT) progress around planning the permanent relocation of the regional specialist inpatient child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS), currently based at Oakham House on the Towers site. The service will move temporarily to Coalville Hospital’s ward 3 at the end of March 2015, following the sale of the current building. (We held an engagement exercise about this in May 2014 - read more here.) At the same time we have begun work to explore a permanent long term facility that will provide a safe and high quality environment, within an affordable budget. The long-term solution will also take into account the recommendations of a national review that expects such services to provide more privacy to young people as well as high quality therapeutic and educational space.

Please take a look at the document, which gives the address of the newlocation, maps and floor plans.

About the current service

The specialist inpatient unit, commissioned by NHS England, currently admits up to 10 young people (aged 11 – 18) who have mental health issues and are living within the East Midlands, and sometimes further afield. The service provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of conditions including psychosis, depression, anxiety related disorders, eating disorders and learning disability associated with mental health. Around 70 young people are admitted every year and on average stay for around six weeks.

Update on permanent solution

Please see attached the latest Stakeholder Briefing outlining the outcomes of the recent stakeholder meeting. We held a stakeholder event on 30th September to revisit the options for the long-term facility after our original plan became too expensive. We were joined by clinical staff and interested parties to review a long list of potential options. The session enabled participants to review the factors that will inform the long-term plans and agree a shortlist of options for more detailed analysis.

Shortlist of options going forward

The shortlist that was produced by the stakeholder group is being progressed as a result of that session and is currently being investigated to fit within the wider LPT and Better Care Together estates strategy. The short list included:

1. Bradgate wards refurbishment (Glenfield site)

2. Bennion wards refurbishment (Glenfield site)

3. Bradgate site/land new build (Glenfield site)

4. Alfred Hill Centre new build (Glenfield site)

5. Stewart House land new build (Narborough)

Read the full briefing for more details.

How you can get involved or share your views

Throughout this period, we will be holding regular stakeholder meetings to help shape the permanent solution. If you’d like to attend all or some of these please contact Kamy Basra, Communications Manager at kamy.basra@leicspart.nhs.uk who can share the dates with you.

Regular stakeholder briefings will be circulated to update all interested parties and will be posted on this page.

A programme of regular engagement opportunities for service users and their families will also take place to continually inform the work.

This page will act as a dedicated information and feedback page, allowing you to provide your feedback at any time through the below online form. 

Come along to our open day at Coalville Hospital on Friday 20 March 2015. Please see flyer for more information.

We look forward to your continued involvement and support in shaping the future of our valuable CAMHS inpatient service.

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