Norman Lamb MP meets Cornwall's social care leaders, calls for dedicated services for young people with mental health needs and a new deal for funding NHS

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Norman Lamb MP with representatives of Cornwall health voluntary groups.

Former care minister Norman Lamb MP today visited Cornwall today to support calls for a dedicated unit for young people with mental health needs in the Duchy. Visiting Cornwall College, Mr Lamb heard about the proposal for a specialist young persons mental health unit in Cornwall based at the College site.

He then moved in to Eden Project where he met with a wide range of health and social care groups to learn about the impact in the shortfall of funding to voluntary services in Cornwall. Cornwall health and social care faces a £277m shortfall in funding over the next four years.

Currently there is no Young Person’s Mental Health unit such in Cornwall, which means that young people from Cornwall who need specialist treatment need to be sent out of the Duchy, frequently hundreds of miles from their homes.

The proposed unit has the support of Cornwall Council, Cornwall College and Cornwall NHS Commissioning Group, but the funding from NHS England is not available. It is also supported by the Invictus trust, a Cornwall based charity that supports young people with mental health needs.

Meeting Raoul Humphreys acting Principle and CEO of Cornwall College and Sophia Cowburn from the Invictus Trust, Mr Lamb said: “Cornwall desperately needs a facility such as this, that allows young people to get the treatment they need near their homes, their family and their friends. This is an exciting and innovative project that will transform lives and the Invictus Trust, Cornwall College and other partners are proposing a facility that will be unique in the UK.”

“This scheme illustrates the need for a comprehensive cross party long term approach to funding the Health Service. It is just not good enough that young people are not getting the care and support they deserve, and that they have to travel great distances across the country to get the specialist help they need,” said Mr Lamb.

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Norman Lamb & Sophia Cowburn of the Invictus Trust

The former Health minister then moved in to Eden Project where he met with a wide range of health and social care groups to learn about the impact in the shortfall of funding to voluntary services in Cornwall. Cornwall health and social care faces a £277m shortfall in funding over the next four years.

Agencies including Age UK Cornwall, Brook Young People, mental health charities Pentreath and XenZone, and the Eden project’s People and Gardens scheme attended the seminar. The groups have been conducting research into the impacts of the cuts in support to voluntary groups in Cornwall.

Norman Lamb said, “The challenges that Cornwall’s voluntary sector are facing, shows that Cornwall and the whole country needs a comprehensive new deal for funding our NHS and social care services.”

“The draft NHS reform plans for Cornwall have been described as ‘not fit for purpose’ and in the mean time, vital services are being reduced.”

“Last week we published interim proposals from an independent panel of health experts I set up to ask the difficult questions about the challenges facing health and social care and to come forward with bold solutions needed to meet them. We believe that this issue needs to be addressed on a cross-party basis,” said Mr Lamb.

 

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