Care in Mind originated through a passion to aid the recovery of young adults with complex mental health needs.

One in eight people under the age of 19 have a diagnosable mental health disorder (NHS, 2017). Young people with complex mental health needs often end up being admitted to hospital for treatment. Whilst this is often a necessity, an unhealthy pattern of readmission can emerge.

Prior to Care in Mind being founded, our Executive Management Team worked in inpatient CAMHS services. Here, they witnessed the difficulties in finding appropriate placements for young people to move onto after hospital admission, especially those with complex risk presentations and the need for ongoing therapeutic support.

Founded in 2010, our aim has always been to assist young people in breaking free of the vicious readmission cycle. Therapeutic risk management, young person-centred care and a least restrictive approach is at the core of our model. Through this, we aim to transition young people out of inpatient care and provide an alternative to hospital admission.

Initially, Care in Mind was established as a Tier 3+ CAMHS team, providing in-reach packages into residential homes run by partner providers.

By 2014, we began providing residential care and mental health services through one seamless package. This allowed our culture to truly flourish, as we built up a consistent value-driven model across the services. Young people began to benefit from our integrated approach, offering consistency and continuity of care across a comprehensive multi-disciplinary team.

Our passion to provide the best possible care has allowed us to grow from one home in 2014 to four in 2016 and ten in 2019. Spanning from the Wirral to York, we now have beautiful homes located around Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire.

Just a decade on from conception, we have also now begun to offer step-down independence packages to support young people moving on from our services to transition effectively into the community. We have recently successfully stepped-down the care of a young person into their own accommodation, with a structured package of tailored support that has gradually reduced over time. They are now living independently; and we know that this individual is just one of many more to follow.

Moving forward, our mission is to continue to support and enable young adults to work towards recovery and a meaningful future out of homes or hospitals.

Through specialist placements, using evidenced-based innovative models of care and working collaboratively, we hope to continue supporting the NHS Long Term Plan.