Mental health local transformation plan

NHS Kernow, along with its partners, is currently updating the local transformation plan for children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health services, with the latest information for 2019.
Read the 2018 update of the Turning the Tide mental health local transformation plan (PDF, 2 MB). Email for copies of the reference documents.

Emotional wellbeing and mental health transformation

Turning the Tide is Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s local transformation plan. The plan updates and replaces the joint children and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) strategy implementation plan 2015/20, issued in October 2015.

At its heart the plan aims to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of all our children and young people, to build their resilience and to ensure that those who experience emotional wellbeing and mental health problems get the right help at the right time.

The transformation plan, captures contributions from a wide range of sources and emphasises the importance of promoting emotional wellbeing, and sets out how we need to use our collective resources and assets appropriately to ensure positive whole system change that minimises harm, prevents escalation and promotes recovery. We want to ensure that all agencies that support children and their families work effectively together, in ways that are helpful and make sense to children and their families.

In October 2017 an interim update (PDF, 223 KB) on progress was issued and a further full plan refresh is planned.


Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is an i-Thrive community of practice site and is working collaboratively with the Anna Freud Centre.

NHS Kernow has commissioned a number of partners to work with them on the transformation process, bringing together a number of different resources to support those looking for help and support summarised here:

Wellbeing practitioners

Young People Cornwall

Primary mental health

Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

Child and adolescent mental health

Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

Early intervention psychosis

Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

Community eating disorders

Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

Community self-harm for mind and body


Interpersonal psychotherapy adolescents


Bereavement support

Penhaligon’s Friends

LGBT+ support

Intercom Trust

Support for young males

Young People Cornwall

Hear our Voice

NHS Kernow has improved its Hear our Voice project. We have involved young people in the transformation process by delivering the participation priorities of the children and young people’s improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT).