Revealed: The proposed site for West Yorkshire’s new £13m children’s mental health unit

St Mary's Hospital

The proposed site for a new £13m child and adolescent mental health unit for West Yorkshire has today been revealed as St Mary’s Hospital in Armley, Leeds.

The new unit was announced as one of 12 successful bids to receive NHS England capital funds in the Autumn Budget

The bid, led by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust on behalf of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Partnership, will see a purpose-built specialist community child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) unit support young people suffering complex mental illness.

There are currently eight general adolescent beds provided by Leeds Community Healthcare in Leeds. The new unit, to the west of the city will bring a significant increase - providing 18 specialist places and four psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) beds. This will see more young people being able to access specialist care closer to home, reducing the need for out of area treatment.

Thea Stein, CEO for Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Our ambition is to make sure that no child or young person within West Yorkshire goes out of area for treatment. This is better for them, their families and better for the local health and care economy.

“The next step will be to work closely with staff, patients, their families, the local community and wider partners to finalise plans and develop a modern, fit for purpose facility of which we can all be proud”.

Rob Webster, CEO for South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust and West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership CEO Lead, said: “We are delighted that this much needed unit has been chosen to receive funding. This is firmly in line with our plans for children and young people’s mental health and shows the benefits of working together.

“We can now do two things - deliver joined up care in communities with NHS, council and voluntary and community organisation; and have the confidence that we can access the best hospital care possible in the right environment.  This new unit will mean children and young people who require an inpatient bed will be able to get the care they need closer to their homes, making it easier for their family and carers to visit.”

Subject to business case approval from NHS England and planning it is hoped building work will begin early 2019.