This service developed on the back of our leaving care service by word-of-mouth recommendations between local authorities and was designed to enable local authorities to be able to confidently place adolescents with mental health issues in an environment that would be supportive whilst still geared towards maximising their independence.

We are able to work with young people with a variety of complex needs and have successfully enabled young people diagnosed as having personality disorders, psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe self harming tendencies from different local authorities to make the transition successfully from hospital ward to living in the community.

Because of the differing nature of funding for this type of work, we are not restrained necessarily by age and have continued to work with young people beyond the age of 18 years into the adult services arena.

Once a referral has been made to us in this area, we would then work closely with the hospital staff working with that young person on the ward to develop a programme of working with the young person up until their discharge.

Out in the community we would work with the commissioning officer and the local CAMHS team to ensure that the staff allocated to work with that young person with appropriately trained and experienced to ensure a confident and smooth transition.