COMMERCIAL: Lancashire Care Foundation Trust has secured extra funding to deliver specialist mental health services to offenders, the trust’s latest board papers state.

The community and mental health trust has worked with Lancashire Probation Service for the last year providing a personality disorder service in Preston, Blackburn and Accrington.

According to its April board papers, it has now received additional funding from NHS England and National Offender Management Service to expand its delivery from two units to five across Lancashire for two years.

The trust’s personality disorder team will also trial a “mentalisation based therapy treatment” pilot and provide new services at Edith Rigby House – a women’s unit in Preston.

NHS England and NOMS have jointly allocated £275,000 for the new service, split between Lancashire Care and Lancashire Probation Service.

Claire Riding, assistant network director for specialist services at the trust said existing probation premises in Burnley and Nelson will be used “to provide assessment of high risk offenders to ensure safe and effective risk management whilst they live in the community”.

Ms Riding added: “[the service] will also work towards reducing repeat violent offending and strives to provide improvements in psychological health and wellbeing to enable this group of offenders to live safely in the community”.