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Mental health services and transformation plan

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.

Emotional wellbeing and mental health transformation

The Turning the Tide transformation plan (PDF, 2 MB), captures contributions from a wide range of sources and emphasises the importance of promoting emotional wellbeing. It 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.

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.

We, along with our partners, are currently updating Turning the Tide with the progress we have made since our last report in November 2018 interim update (PDF, 223 KB). Email our CAMHS team for copies of the reference documents. The latest progress update is expected to be available in draft form in December 2020.

The strategy underpinning the transformation of children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health services between 2017 and 2021 was published in January 2017 as a local transformation plan. The plan replaced the joint CAMHS strategy implementation plan 2015/20, issued in October 2015.

To help simplify the plan, children and young people from the Hear Our Voice have produced a 1-page summary of the ambitions of the local transformation plan.

Children, young people and family participation

We value the insight that children, young people and their families bring to the development and delivery of our plan. Our lead partner is Mind Your Way which represents children and young people’s views in the children and young people mental health partnership group.


During 2017, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly became an i-Thrive community of practice site and in October 2017. I-Thrive is a system framework and is constantly developing based on the learning from its sites.

Wellbeing practitioners

We have been working with partners from across the education, health, care and voluntary sectors to deliver our plan, some of whom we commission directly from NHS Kernow. By creating simple, easy access to information about mental health, we hope that children, young people their families and professionals can quickly find help for their needs.

Mind Your Way, created in partnership between NHS Kernow and Young People Cornwall, provides information, designed by young people for young people, about what mental health is and how to find help, including pages for parents and professionals.

HeadStart Kernow, is a partnership programme, led by Cornwall Council and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, which develops resilience and mental wellbeing in young people. Information, including for parents.

Where more support is needed, help maybe needed from 1 of the services commissioned below by NHS Kernow. Requests for help are coordinated by the early help hub, which identifies the most appropriate early help service for a child or young person aged from pre-birth up to 18, or 25 where young people have special educational needs or a disability.

NHS Kernow’s commissioned services

Most services can be accessed via a self-referral using the information below. If you are receiving or looking for help from your GP, social worker or other professional, they may also be able to make a referral on your behalf.

Bereavement support

Penhaligon’s Friends

Child and adolescent mental health

Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

Community eating disorders

Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

Community self-harm for mind and body


Early intervention psychosis

Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

Interpersonal psychotherapy adolescents


LGBT+ support

Intercom Trust

Primary mental health

Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

Support for young males

Young People Cornwall

Resource library

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