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PROactive Management of Integrated

Services & Environments



Sorcha Morell

Clinical Nurse Specialist,

Darwin, CPFT

Sorcha Morrell, Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Darwin Centre adolescent unit in Cambridge. I joined CPFT in 2008, I am a registered mental health nurse and hold a Bsc in Mental Health.

The Darwin Centre is a 14 bedded adolescent inpatient unit that supports young people with complex emotional and mental health  needs. We are  a nationally commissioned unit and take referrals from across the country.

In 2013 the Darwin centre gained accreditation status at excellent with the RCPsych Quality Network of Inpatient CAMHS (QNIC) which we have subsequently maintained.

At the Darwin Centre we follow an AMBIT (Adolescent Metallisation Based Integrative Treatment) approach which promotes and enables young people, their families/carers and the team to think together to understand more about how thoughts and feelings impact on behaviour and wellbeing. This approach alongside our heavy emphasis on patient involvement and reflective practice supports us in providing a positive and proactive clinical environment.

In addition to the work we do with young people and their families/carers  the team at the Darwin Centre liaise closely with schools, social services and other agencies to meet the holistic needs of the young people, enabling them to feel supported and more confident in managing their own safety and mental health upon discharge from hospital.

Reflective Space: Emotional Well Being Passport