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Children's Mental Health Taskforce

Posted on the 27th October 2014

A Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has been chosen to join a national taskforce of experts set up by Care Minister Norman Lamb MP to look at improvements that can be made to children’s mental health services.

Dr Warren Larkin, Clinical Network Director for the Children and Families Network and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Trust, was asked to join the taskforce following recognition of the Trust’s Early Intervention Service as a national leader in supporting people experiencing their first episode of psychosis. The aim of the taskforce is to look at how to improve the way children’s mental health services are organised, commissioned and provided and how to make it easier for young people to access help and support, including at schools, through voluntary organisations and online.

The taskforce is co-chaired by Jon Rouse Director General of Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at Department of Health and Martin McShane, Director for People with Long Term Conditions at NHS England. It brings together experts on children and young people’s mental health services and people who know about wider system transformation from education, social care and health. It will also commission external advice from experts and others with experience in children and young people’s mental health.

Dr Larkin said:   

“It is an honour and a privilege to be part of this taskforce to be working with people who share a passion for shaping mental health services for children and young people. The taskforce will ensure the right processes are in place to provide children and young people with the very best support when they need it most. At the Trust we are constantly evaluating our services and looking at how we can provide the best care to those who require our help and assistance. Being part of this taskforce means that collectively we have the opportunity as a result of our shared knowledge and experience, to review and redesign the whole system to ensure that children and young people, in Lancashire and across the country, have access to the kind of services they need when they need them most.”

The taskforce will publish its findings in Spring 2015. You can find out more about their work by visiting For more information about the services for children and young people in Lancashire please visit