Junction 17, New CAMHS Unit


Key Info


Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


Prestwich, Greater Manchester



Completion Date

Completed September 2013

What We Did

Junction 17 is a new Tier 4 CAMHS Unit in Prestwich delivered under P21+ with IHP as PSCP, the state of the art facility is a young persons focused inpatient unit for vulnerable children and adolescents from across the North West.

Tier 4 CAMHS services work to help young people aged 13 – 17 with significant mental health needs and who may pose a high risk to themselves and others. Typical symptoms or conditions may include psychosis, bipolar disorders, eating disorders, dual diagnosis and emerging personality difficulties. Key issues include anti-ligature, self-harming behaviour, mood disorders, safeguarding issues, psychosis and poor coping skills such as misusing substances.

The design process was heavily geared towards meaningful end user engagement with the young people from the outset and included involvement in the full Interior Design, Arts projects and building usage.

The new unit replaced the existing McGuinness Unit and attached School (Cloughside College) and was designed via intensive service user engagement. The modern, uplifting and non-institutional design provides 24 inpatient beds and includes an Intensive Care Suite, appropriate therapy and activity spaces as well as a fully equipped integral College and Learning Zone. The unit was handed over in June 2013 but only officially opened in December 2013. On occupation the new facility was greeted with universal acclaim from staff, patients and families alike with the quality of the spatial design and healing environment attracting particular praise.

Post Project Evaluation Data

In June 2014 the Trust undertook a detailed post project evaluation marking 12 months of occupation in the new unit. The findings included improved quality of clinical care, improved patient environment, and safety & security.

~ Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust