Darwin Centre


The Darwin Centre for Young People is a Tier 4 adolescent inpatient unit based in Cambridge, that offers assessment and treatment to young people (13-17 up to 18th birthday) with severe mental health difficulties on both an inpatient and day patient basis. We are situated about five miles south of Cambridge city centre, in peaceful and pleasant surroundings.

The unit has places for 14 young people. During a young person’s stay, they will be offered a comprehensive range of assessment and treatments by our multi-disciplinary team composed of psychiatrists, nurses, health care assistants, an occupational therapist, a clinical psychologist, a family therapist, an art therapist, support time recovery workers, a social worker, a dietitian and teaching team. The length of stay and type of admission depends on the young person’s individual needs and circumstances; most young people stay for around 8-10 weeks, but we can offer longer or shorter treatment if appropriate.

We aim to work in partnership with young people, their families/carers and local services to help them return home as soon as they are able. It is important therefore that young people have a home as we work towards supported home leave very quickly, often within the first two weeks of admission.

Further information

As a patient

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