Support for people with personality disorders in Cumbria is changing from April 2015

In order to help more people in Cumbria access the services they need, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group have been working together to develop sustainable support services for the future. The transition to the new service will happen gradually over the next year.  The existing itinerant therapeutic community group (ITC) which is presently based in Aspatria will run from Carlisle in a modified form with provision being tailored to people currently receiving this service.

During the transition phase service users will be supported and tailored plans will be developed with each individual to ensure the best possible support is available to meet their needs. The new service being introduced over the coming twelve months will include individual and group work elements across Cumbria, with people being offered the most appropriate combination to meet their individual requirements.

Existing specialist staff will be used to develop the new services within the community mental health teams.  This will enable the specialist service to be expanded to help more people with personality disorders in more parts of the county.

The Best Life Network recently undertook a survey on behalf of Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group to find out what people wanted from the service and these findings will inform the pathway that is currently being developed for personality disorder by Cumbria’s Mental Health Partnership board. The Best Life Network can be contacted on 03003 038037 or www.peoplefirstcumbria.org.uk