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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Description

Specialist CAMHS are NHS mental health services that focus on the Mental health needs of Children and young people. These services are designed to help with:

  • Mood-related disorders such as depression and anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Harm
  • Psychosis

Guidance for referral


Functioning at individual or family level

Distress of child or young person

CAMHS response

None

There may be transient difficulties e.g. anxiety that is associated with exams.

No noticeable distress, child generally functioning well in all areas.

No response from CAMHS required

Mild

Occasional difficulties affecting functioning in one setting. E.g. at home or school or with peers

Distress is situational and occurs less than once a week.

No Response from CAMHS required

Moderate

Is impaired in at least one or more settings

Distress occurs on most days of the week. The problem would be apparent to others who encounter the young person.

Referral would be screened at Contact point

Severe

Unable to function in one or more settings.

Distress is extreme and constant

Specialist CAMHS assessment and intervention via Contact point

The multidisciplinary teams consist of:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Support workers
  • Psychological therapists - this may include Creative Therapists and Family Therapists.

We also have close links and specific teams or workers that devote time to external services.

We have an out of hours CAMHS crisis team which aims to offer an efficient response to children and young people who are presenting with high level distress or acute mental health .difficulties, which may include threats to harm self or others.

We have a Specialist Eating Disorder Team that provides an urgent triage response and possible follow up assessment for children and young people suspected to be presenting with an eating disorder, and ongoing treatment for those diagnosed with anorexia nervosa or bulimia.

Children and young people with a learning disability who may be experiencing a mental health problem should access the specialist Learning Disability Team.

How we do it

All the interventions provided are evidence based, designed to help young people and families cope with mental health difficulties.

Examples of some of the interventions are:

  • Triage
  • Psychoeducation
  • Consultation
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Family work
  • Play Therapy

The service is available to children and young people presenting with symptoms of moderate to severe mental health concerns, who are registered with an East Riding GP. The exception to this is those residing in East Riding but registered with a Pocklington GP as these services are currently commissioned under York CAMHS.

Parking and accessibility

Clinic appointments are currently mainly offered at our offices in Driffield (Rivendell House) which has adjacent parking for disabled access only and additional parking on street or local car parks; and Beverley (The Childrens’ Centre) with limited parking on site. We do aim to offer additional clinical meeting space across the East Riding in the near future.

Registered service and regulatory body

The service is registered with the care Quality Commission (CQC). Team members are also registered with:

  • Registered Learning Disability nurses - Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Registered Mental Health nurses - Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Psychologists, Play Therapists and Drama Therapists - Health and Care Professionals Council
  • Doctors - General medical council

Staff training and experience

Staff training and experience

Staff are trained in a variety of therapeutic interventions including the use alternative communication methods.

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Description

Specialist CAMHS are NHS mental health services that focus on the Mental health needs of Children and young people. These services are designed to help with:

  • Mood-related disorders such as depression and anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Harm
  • Psychosis

Guidance for referral


Functioning at individual or family level

Distress of child or young person

CAMHS response

None

There may be transient difficulties e.g. anxiety that is associated with exams.

No noticeable distress, child generally functioning well in all areas.

No response from CAMHS required

Mild

Occasional difficulties affecting functioning in one setting. E.g. at home or school or with peers

Distress is situational and occurs less than once a week.

No Response from CAMHS required

Moderate

Is impaired in at least one or more settings

Distress occurs on most days of the week. The problem would be apparent to others who encounter the young person.

Referral would be screened at Contact point

Severe

Unable to function in one or more settings.

Distress is extreme and constant

Specialist CAMHS assessment and intervention via Contact point

The multidisciplinary teams consist of:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Support workers
  • Psychological therapists - this may include Creative Therapists and Family Therapists.

We also have close links and specific teams or workers that devote time to external services.

We have an out of hours CAMHS crisis team which aims to offer an efficient response to children and young people who are presenting with high level distress or acute mental health .difficulties, which may include threats to harm self or others.

We have a Specialist Eating Disorder Team that provides an urgent triage response and possible follow up assessment for children and young people suspected to be presenting with an eating disorder, and ongoing treatment for those diagnosed with anorexia nervosa or bulimia.

Children and young people with a learning disability who may be experiencing a mental health problem should access the specialist Learning Disability Team.

How we do it

All the interventions provided are evidence based, designed to help young people and families cope with mental health difficulties.

Examples of some of the interventions are:

  • Triage
  • Psychoeducation
  • Consultation
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Family work
  • Play Therapy

The service is available to children and young people presenting with symptoms of moderate to severe mental health concerns, who are registered with an East Riding GP. The exception to this is those residing in East Riding but registered with a Pocklington GP as these services are currently commissioned under York CAMHS.

Costs

Free

Age
4-18
How to access
  • You can self refer with an online form or email
  • Your GP or health worker can refer you
  • You will need to have an assessment
  • See the description for how to access